ESPN to Carry BNP Paribas Showdown Live From
Madison Square Garden on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Maria Sharapova vs Caroline Wozniacki and Andy Roddick vs Roger Federer
MSG Networks to Re-Broadcast Matches on March 16 & 18
NEW YORK, N.Y. (February 27, 2012) – MSG Sports and StarGames announced today a comprehensive broadcast plan for the 2012 BNP Paribas Showdown that involves ESPN to broadcast the much anticipated matches live from Madison Square Garden on March 5 with Maria Sharapova playing Caroline Wozniacki and Roger Federer taking on Andy Roddick.
Live coverage of the matches begins at 7 p.m. on ESPN3 domestically and on ESPN International to over 130 countries. A tape delayed broadcast of the event will air at 11:30 p.m. on ESPN2 featuring Chris Fowler, Mary Joe Fernandez and Patrick McEnroe.
MSG Networks will re-broadcast the BNP Paribas Showdown, with Al Trautwig, John McEnroe and Katrina Adams handling the commentary beginning on March 16 at 8:00 p.m. on MSG Plus and again on March 18 at 10:00 p.m. on MSG.
“It is great to once again have television partners working with us to showcase tennis at this unique annual celebration of the sport,” said Jerry Solomon, president, StarGames, Inc. “ESPN has become the standard bearer for coverage of the sport, MSG is certainly the authority on events in this building with the same name. The coverage from both partners will give the Showdown a great presence on television.”
“The BNP Paribas Showdown has become a must-attend event in New York and a staple on the tennis calendar. Working with our amazing broadcast partners at ESPN and MSG Networks, we are excited to once again take this event from The World’s Most Famous Arena to an audience around the world,” said Scott O’Neil, president, MSG Sports.
With the participation of Sharapova, Wozniacki, Federer and Roddick in 2012, the five-year run of the BNP Paribas Showdown has now included 14 players who have combined for 1,393 weeks at No. 1, 84 Grand Slam singles titles and 597 overall career titles.
The BNP Paribas Showdown is produced by StarGames and MSG Sports. Tickets remain available for the 2012 event and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. BNP Paribas Showdown information can be found atwww.tennisshowdown.com.
The BNP Paribas Showdown, in partnership with the United States Tennis Association, will continue their efforts to grow youth participation in the sport of tennis through “Tennis Night in America”, a national program which is among the largest ever grass roots initiative the sport has ever seen. To find a sign-up location please go to www.tennisnight.com.