NEW YORK (AP) - Wimbledon is leaving NBC after 43 years and
appears headed to ESPN.
NBC said in a statement Sunday that "while we would have liked
to have continued our relationship, we were simply outbid."
A person with knowledge of the negotiations confirms that ESPN
is working on a contract with the All England Club to televise all
of the Grand Slam tournament. The person spoke on condition of
anonymity because the deal was not ready to be announced.
The switch was first reported by SportsBusiness Journal.
ESPN had owned the rights to extensively televise early rounds
of Wimbledon, with NBC picking up coverage as the tournament
progressed, culminating with the "Breakfast at Wimbledon"
broadcasts of the finals.