ESPN 3D to Televise Final Five Days of Wimbledon Live, including Finals

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ESPN 3D to Televise Final Five Days of Wimbledon Live, including Finals

Cliff Drysdale: “It’s like you are on the court!”

ESPN 3D, which presented the first televised 3D tennis last year at Wimbledon, will expand its schedule for the upcoming Championships with live telecasts for the final five days of the tournament – Wednesday, July 4, through the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Finals on Saturday, July 7, and Sunday, July 8.  All the matches aired on ESPN 3D will be competed on Wimbledon’s famed Centre Court, and will be reaired that night at 9 p.m. ET.

“On the dawn of new era of Wimbledon for fans with ESPN’s exclusive and all-live multi-platform approach, it is only appropriate that ESPN 3D be there providing a unique view of Finals and the critical matches leading to them,” said Bryan Burns, ESPN vice president, strategic business planning.  “We are proud to continue ESPN’s heritage as a leader in technical innovations and that the ESPN 3D schedule is filled with top-level Championship events from around the world.”

Jed Drake, ESPN senior vice president and executive producer, said, “ESPN 3D adds to our depth of coverage with a compelling new look at ESPN’s top events.  It joins our long list of Emmy Award-winning innovations, including in-car cameras, the 1st and Ten line, the K Zone, tennis’ ShotSpot and the Virtual Playbook.”

Last year at Wimbledon, ESPN 3D aired one Gentlemen’s semifinal live (Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Novak Djokovic), plus the other semi and both Finals on a delayed basis.  Cliff Drysdale, who has been with ESPN since the network’s first tennis telecast in 1979, worked that first ESPN 3D telecast with Brad Gilbert.  Drysdale says, “The picture is spectacular.  You get a whole different view.  It’s like you are on the court and it comes right at you.  It’s amazing.”

ESPN 3D at Wimbledon 2012

Date Time (ET) Event  
Wed, July 4 8 a.m. Two Gentlemen’s Quarterfinals LIVE
  9 p.m. Two Gentlemen’s Quarterfinals Reair
Thur, July 5 8 a.m. Two Ladies’ Semifinals LIVE
  9 p.m. Two Ladies’ Semifinals Reair
Fri, July 6 8 a.m. Two Gentlemen’s Semifinals LIVE
  9 p.m. Two Gentlemen’s Semifinals Reair
Sat, July 7 9 a.m. Ladies’ Final LIVE
  9 p.m. Ladies’ Final Reair
Sun, July 8 9 a.m. Gentlemen’s Final LIVE
  9 p.m. Gentlemen’s Final Reair

About ESPN 3D

ESPN 3D is the world’s first 24/7 all-sports 3D channel.  After three years of testing, ESPN 3D launched with the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.  The network has produced nearly 250 live telecasts, including college basketball, college football including the BCS, the NBA, professional boxing, Wimbledon, the State Farm Home Run Derby, the X Games, The Masters, and ESPN’s popular weekday studio show SportsNation.  The network was recognized with a Sports Emmy Award for technical excellence for the 2011 Winter X Games.  ESPN 3D is available to more than 60 million homes in the U.S. through carriage agreements with DIRECTV, Comcast, Bright House Networks, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS TV. It is available internationally in Australia with selected programs available from other distributors throughout the world.

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Dave Nagle

As I write this on 11-11-21, it's now 35 years for me at ESPN, the only real job I’ve ever had. I joined merely to help with the upcoming America’s Cup in Australia. I was told it would be for three months at all of $5.50 per hour. I like to say I simply kept showing up. I’ve worked on almost every sport, plus answered viewer calls and letters (people used to write!), given tours, written the company newsletter and once drove NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to the local airport. My travels have been varied…I’ve been to Martinsville, Darlington, Indy and Super Bowls; the America’s Cup (all 3) in San Diego and College GameDay in the sport’s meccas such as Eugene, Auburn, Lubbock, Stillwater and more; the NBA Finals, Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, my main areas are tennis, UFC, boxing, network-wide ratings (by month/quarter/year), and corporate communications documents, including fact sheets, chronologies, lists and nearly 35 of the Year in Review press releases. UPDATE EXACTLY ONE YEAR LATER: Today, November 11, 2022, I am retiring from ESPN -- 36 years to the day I began. As I ride off into the sunset – top down and E Street Radio blaring – I do so with so many wonderful memories, proud of my contributions and a heart full of gratitude for the opportunity. 
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