A new ESPN deal is reaping benefits for Canadian sports cable giant TSN.
The network will be the exclusive home for U.S. Open tennis tournament action beginning in 2015. TSN has hosted U.S. Open action since it launched in 1984, but the tournament aired on CBS before, which meant that TSN had to compete with cross-border CBS affiliates for viewers.
No longer is that the case, as ESPN has signed a new 11-year deal with the tennis tournament, snatching it away from CBS.
Bell Media's TSN and RDS extended their deals with the United States Tennis Association, so they also have mirror deals with the U.S. Open for the next 11 years.
“The U.S. Open is one those special events in sports – with the world’s best players competing in primetime under the bright lights of New York City,” said Shawn Redmond, vice president of programming at TSN.
The U.S. Open is one of tennis' four Grand Slam tournaments (along with the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon). It is the last of the four each year, airing in late August and early September. The tournament awards five major championships - men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles, and a mixed doubles title. It is held in Queens, New York City.