ESPN has reached a five-year extension of their agreement with ATP Media, the broadcast arm of the ATP World Tour, for telecast rights in Spanish-speaking Latin America and the Caribbean to all nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events and the season ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, it was announced by Michael Waters, vice president of programming for ESPN International.
Under the terms of the new agreement, ESPN’s rights include full exclusivity for pay TV and digital platforms in Spanish-speaking Latin America and the Caribbean. Each year, ESPN will present more than 400 hours of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event coverage, showcasing the world’s elite men’s professional tennis players.
The new agreement begins with the first Masters 1000 event of the 2016 season: the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Indian Wells (California) from March 7 to 20, followed by events in Miami, Monte Carlo, Madrid, Rome, Toronto, Cincinnati, Shanghai and Paris. ESPN’s coverage culminates with the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals from The O2 in London, November 14-20.
“We are pleased to extend our comprehensive coverage of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament series, and the finale in London, as it showcases the world’s top men’s players competing at the highest level,” said Michael Walters, vice president of programming, ESPN International. “With this agreement, ESPN continues its commitment to our viewers to telecast the highest-quality sports programming from throughout the world.”
Mark Webster, CEO, ATP Media, “ESPN has played an integral role in allowing us to introduce, and make the ATP World Tour accessible, to over one billion viewers worldwide. There is an ever expanding appetite for the ATP World Tour amongst Spanish-speaking Latin America and the Caribbean and we look forward to evolving the viewing experience in these territories across the next five years.”
ESPN in Latin America
Formed in 1989, ESPN International in Latin America includes offices and production facilities in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. ESPN’s pan-regional Latin America networks are divided by North, South, Brazil and the Caribbean feeds to better serve the fans in each region, broadcasting in Spanish, Portuguese and English. ESPN offers regional networks that include ESPN 2, ESPN+ Sur (Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay); ESPN+ Andina (Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia); ESPN3 (Spanish-speaking Latin America), ESPN, ESPN Brazil and ESPN+(ESPN HD in Brazil). In addition to TV, ESPN serves fans in the region via multiple platforms including leading online destinations: ESPN.com, ESPN.com.br, ESPNFC, ESPNTenis.com, Scrim.com and ESPNRun.com. ESPN also continues to expand its broadband services with ESPN Play across Spanish-speaking Latin America and the Caribbean, and WatchESPN in Brazil. Additional platforms include radio syndication in select markets, a tailored online version of ESPN the Magazine and other mobile offerings.
About the ATP: The ATP is the governing body of the men’s professional tennis circuits – the ATP World Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With 62 tournaments in 31 countries, the ATP World Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the 2016 ATP World Tour will battle for prestigious titles and Emirates ATP Rankings points at ATP World Tour Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non ATP events). At the end of the season only the world’s top eight qualified singles players and doubles teams will qualify to compete for the last title of the season at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. For more information, please visit www.ATPWorldTour.com.
About ATP Media: ATP Media is the broadcast arm of ATP World Tour. It manages the production, distribution and commercial exploitation of the broadcast rights of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments and the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals plus the 13 ATP World Tour 500 events. Global distribution of ATP Media’s programming spans 6 continents and over 200 territories generating 125,000 hours of global broadcast coverage to a cumulative global audience of over 828 million annually. ATP Media also distributes ATP World Tour Uncovered, the magazine show of the ATP World Tour, with a worldwide reach of 172 territories and 30 broadcasters. For more information, please visit www.ATPMedia.tv.