tennis channel: soon for the comcast masses?



Tennis Channel and Comcast will go before the FCC Administration Law Judge today to settle a complaint filed by TC calling out the cable distrbutor for discrimination. TC execs want their network to join Golf Channel and Versus in Comcast’s basic tier offerings, but Comcast says it’s too expensive to set up. (Of course, Golf Channel and Versus are owned by Comcast.)

We’ll let you know when we hear of any updates.

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with tennis on our minds, is it time to dump tennis channel?



NYTimes.com’s DealBook blog reminds us that Tennis Channel’s been around for seven years now, and that the network’s investors are probably itching to get a return on their money.

From the post:

“The Tennis Channel’s owners have controlled the business now for seven years, a long slog for a private-equity investment. With the network improving its fortunes over the past few years and achieving viability as an independent cable channel, the investors could be looking to exit in the near term, say several people familiar with the deal.

Potential buyers include a large media company with an existing portfolio of cable assets (Comcast, Cox or Viacom); a talent agency (CAA or IMG); or to a new set of private-equity owners (Blackstone and Bain, for instance, own the Weather Channel).”

Now that TC’s finagled its share of Slam coverage, let’s hope they can get themselves a good deal. Life wouldn’t be the same without Bag Check!

(via DealBook)

tipsarevic rolls to beat of his own drum



We already know that Janko Tipsarevic is different from the average bear, but he has shown this even more so while in Los Angeles for the Farmers Classic ATP Tour Stop. Over at Sweet Spot, James LaRosa got some taxicab confessions out of our munchkin Serb (something about sheep looking at doors?).

And earlier this week he mentioned a racquet bag change via Twitter. He rolled out the new look for his opening dubs match with Feli.

They’ll resume their partnership for a match today against the team of Ross Hutchins and Jordan Kerr.

Draw: See who’s left playing singles and doubles at the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles.

(bag image by TSF; screengrab from Twitter; match images via Getty Images)

please hold our calls: tennis channel’s summer coverage



In an effort to bring our readers better service, the west coast offices of TSF recently signed up to get Tennis Channel.

DecoTurfin’ U.S.A.: The network’s 2010 Olympus U.S. Open Series coverage will cover nine tourneys starting July 23: the Atlanta Tennis Championships (Atlanta), Farmers Classic (Los Angeles), Legg Mason Tennis Classic (Washington, D.C.), Rogers Masters (Toronto) and Western and Southern Financial Group Masters (Cincinnati); on the women’s side, they’ll cover the Bank of the West Classic (Stanford, Calif.), Mercury Insurance Open (San Diego), Western and Southern Financial Group Women’s Open (Cincinnati) and Rogers Cup (Montreal). FYI, they will not be covering Pilot Pen (at Yale).

Schedule: Dates, times, and info about commentators all after the cut…

psa: wimbledon online



For those of you like me who haven’t made the switch to digital television (it’s been lots of NPR-ing and lullabyes of those DTV commercials), considering going online for your Wimbledon fix.

See what ESPN, Tennis Channel, and NBC are all doing…