ESPN and the Professional Pickleball Association Reach Agreement to Cover Eight Tournaments in 2023
ESPN and the Carvana Professional Pickleball Association (PPA Tour) today announced an agreement to broadcast eight PPA Tour tournaments this year beginning with the OS1st North Carolina Open this Sunday, May 7. The events will feature top pickleball athletes competing at renown venues across the country for the biggest payouts in the sport.
“As pickleball continues its meteoric rise, and as fans are increasingly excited about watching televised competitions, we’re thrilled to serve up ESPN coverage of some of PPA’s key 2023 tournaments, starting with this weekend’s North Carolina Open,” said Tim Bunnell, Senior Vice President of Programming and Acquisitions, ESPN.
“Feeding the overwhelming demand for world-class pickleball content is an integral part of what we do and is something ESPN is helping us to accomplish,” said Connor Pardoe, CEO of the PPA Tour. “Pickleball is a sport with global appeal, an insatiable fan base, and endless opportunity. Our broadcast partnership with ESPN is another resounding indicator of that.”
Full details of the 2023 Carvana PPA Tour schedule are available at PPA Tour.
The PPA Tour will produce coverage of its events in association with ESPN.
PPA 2023 Tournaments (All times ET)
|May 7||6 p.m.||OS1st North Carolina Open||ESPN2|
|June 4||5 p.m.||Selkirk Texas Open||ESPN (live)|
|June 23||2 p.m.||Select Medical Orange County Cup||ESPN2|
|July 3||7 p.m.||Select Medical Orange County Cup||ESPN|
|July 15||2 p.m.||Denver Open||ESPN2 (live)|
|July 23||5 p.m.||Denver Open||ESPN|
|July 29||12 noon||Baird Wealth Management Seattle Open||ESPN (live)|
|Nov 12||4 p.m.||USA Pickleball National Championships (Dallas)||ESPN (live)|