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Tennis Channel Roland Garros Ratings Up

                                                            
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TENNIS CHANNEL VIEWERSHIP UP 47 PERCENT DURING FIRST WEEK OF FRENCH OPEN COVERAGE
Close to Half a Million Tune in for Serena Williams’ First Match of the Tournament
Rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to Meet in Friday Semifinal on Network

PARIS, June 6, 2019 -Tennis Channel averaged 260,000 viewers during live coverage the first week of the two-week French Open, the sport’s most prestigious clay-court event.  This represents an increase of 47 percent vs. an average of 177,000 viewers for live coverage during the same period in 2018. American stars Serena Williams and Madison Keys delivered high-water marks for Tennis Channel last week.  Williams’ first-round victory over Vitalia Diatchenko on May 27 averaged 446,000 viewers, while Keys’ win over Anna Blinkova in the third round on June 1 generated a 448,000 average. This is Tennis Channel’s 13th year of covering the French Open.  In addition to live, daylong telecasts, this spring the network has provided up to 12 live courts per day on its streaming service Tennis Channel Plus.  Tennis Channel has live television coverage all 15 days of the event, including Friday’s highly anticipated semifinal between legendary rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Tennis Channel (www.tennischannel.com), which is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle. A hybrid of comprehensive sports, health, fitness, pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle and travel programming, the network is home to every aspect of the wide-ranging, worldwide tennis community.  It also has the most concentrated single-sport coverage in television, with telecast rights at the US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open), Australian Open, ATP World Tour events, WTA competitions, Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Hopman Cup.  Tennis Channel is carried by all of the top 10 video providers. About Sinclair:Sinclair is one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in the country. The Company owns, operates and/or provides services to 191 television stations in 89 markets. Sinclair is a leading local news provider in the country and is dedicated to impactful journalism with a local focus. The Company has multiple national networks, live local sports production, as well as stations affiliated with all the major networks. Sinclair’s content is delivered via multiple-platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital platforms. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information which can be accessed at www.sbgi.net.

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  • Vijay · June 16, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Does this have anything to do with the fact that Tennis Channel is now showing up on basic cable? It was on a special sports package last year. Not so since February or so for me with Comcast.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 17, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Not sure on that Vijay.

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