Canada's TSN Gets Exclusive Access to U.S. Open in 2015
ESPN snagging the U.S. rights from CBS means the local sports channel won't have to share the tennis tournament with American cross-border stations.
TORONTO - It’s game, set and match for Canadian cable sports channel TSN after ESPN took the stateside rights package for the U.S. Open tennis tournament away from CBS.
TSN has been the home of the U.S. Open in Canada since the channel launched in 1984.
But ESPN’s new 11-year deal means TSN becomes the only Canadian destination for tennis fans north of the border from 2015.
And following ESPN, Bell Media’s TSN and RDS have extended their partnership with the United States Tennis Association with their own new 11-year rights deal for the U.S. Open.
The new Canadian deal, starting in 2015, means TSN and RDS will no longer have to share the U.S. Open with cross-border CBS affiliates.
“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, vp of programming at TSN.