Tag:Tennis channel
Posted on: June 3, 2009 1:06 pm

They Did It Again!

ESPN and Tennis Channel are really dropping the ball here.  Tennis Channel started its coverage at 8 and showed both the Williams v Kunetsova and Federer v Monfils matches live.  This is good.  However, matches didn't end at noon EDT.  There was still the Del Potro v Robredo match to watch.  So, what does ESPN do?  They replay the Williams v Kuznetsova match which finished not two hours earlier!  And this match will be replayed ad nauseum all day.
Good grief, ESPN!  As the premier sports network, I expect exhaustive coverage, not repetitive coverage.  The fans deserve so much better and more than what these networks are offering, and it's especially disappointing that the Tennis channel doesn't get it when it's supposedly founded by people who disdained the regular networks' coverage.  MLB Network does it sooooo much better: morning updates, reviews of games, historical analyses....  Tennis Channel gives us Murphy Jensen.  ESPN gives us repeats.  Why can't we have 15-30 minute morning newscasts at Tennis Channel?  Why can't we have better productions, too?  Tennis Channel has been around long enough to figure out how to do this.  It has chosen not to do so.
In the meantime, the fan suffers from boredom by being shown matches over and over again, as if live coverage isn't available.  I expect that from ESPN because it covers a lot of sports, but NOT when ESPN claims to be "picking up" coverage from the other channel.  I certainly DO NOT expect it from Tennis Channel, when tennis is supposedly all it's supposed to do.
What are your thoughts?
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