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Advantage beIN for tennis rights

November 11, 2013

By Colin Mann

tennisOffering further proof that Europe’s pay-TV giants are under threat from new sector players, news has emerged that Qatari-backed beIN Sport has secured exclusive French rights covering the period 2014-18 for the Wimbledon Grand Slam tennis tournament, as well as events in the Masters 1000 series (except Monte-Carlo and Paris-Bercy) and third tier ATP 500 tournaments. The rights are currently held by Canal+.

“Tennis will take up close on thirty weeks on air during the year,” Florent Houzot, beIN Sport’s Editorial Director told French sporting daily L’Equipe. “The promise we are making to our subscribers is that they will see live the entirety of the tournaments, from the first ball to the last,” he said, adding that the broadcaster had the capacity to offer up to 10 channels simultaneously.

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