ESPN picks up ATP 500 rights in Latin America and Caribbean
ESPN, the cable and satellite sports broadcaster, is to show top men’s tennis across Latin America and the Caribbean after acquiring rights to the ATP World Tour 500 events.
Under the multi-year deal, struck with ATP Media, the tour’s media arm, ESPN is to televise all 13 events from the ATP’s World Tour 500 series, the ATP’s fourth-highest tier.
The deal covers exclusive pay-TV rights and non-exclusive digital rights for Spanish-speaking Latin America and the Caribbean.
Coverage begins on ESPN Play, the broadcaster’s live-streaming and video-on-demand service, with this week’s Rotterdam Open in the Netherlands.
Footage will also be shown on ESPN’s linear channels towards the end of each broadcast.
The ATP World Tour 500 includes the Queen’s Club Championships in London, the Halle Open in Hamburg, the China Open and Mexican Open.
Commenting on the deal, Tim Bunnell, senior vice-president of programming and production at ESPN International, said: "The ATP World Tour 500s are a great complement to our existing coverage of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and ATP Nitto Finals and emphasize our commitment to our viewers to broadcast the highest quality sports programming from everywhere.”
ESPN already holds exclusive pay-TV and digital rights in the same two regions to all nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events and the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in a deal that runs until 2020.