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History[ edit ] In , the Tennis Channel was founded by Steve Bellamy , who soon hired Bruce Rider to head up programming and marketing. Dooley —became involved in the founding of the channel.
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This group invested and rounded up additional investors, Bain Capital Ventures , J. These founders felt with other single sports channel like the Golf Channel succeeding with a mostly male demographic and tennis having viewer of both sexes and of a desirable high-end demographic that a tennis channel would draw in advertisers.
As the channel had not broadcast any of the four Grand Slam tournaments by then. The subscriber base was only 5 million in On May 25, , the network also launched Tennis Channel Plus, a new direct-to-consumer subscription service including coverage of additional events not seen on television, also including digital rights to the French Open outside of the finals.
Tennis Channel carriers receive a cut of profits from the service. The event was formerly part of the US Open Series , but withdrew due to frustration over ESPN rightsholder of the series due to its new contract to be exclusive broadcaster of the US Open proper only promising a limited amount of television coverage.
In the statement announcing the purchase Sinclair CEO David Smith said that Tennis Channel had high-quality content and advertisers, though it had been valued low and was under-distributed.
In addition, citing its preference to hold rights to the entire tournament, ESPN dropped its sub-licensing agreement with Tennis Channel for the French Open, giving it exclusive cable rights to the tournament NBC continues to be the broadcast television rightsholder.
The tournament also re-joined the US Open Series under new ownership.