Wimbledon leaving NBC, appears headed to ESPN

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.