Extension of the agreement between the FFT, France Télévisions and Eurosport until 2020
The French Tennis Federation (FFT), France Télévisions and Eurosport are delighted to extend their current agreement, which is valid until the 2018 edition of the French Open tournament at Roland-Garros, to include the 2019 and 2020 editions.
This extension, which will make France Télévisions and Eurosport the official broadcasters of the next four editions of the Roland Garros tournament, ties in with the FFT’s desire to bring its media agreements into step with the schedule for the future improvements to Roland Garros stadium.
As part of this new agreement, France Télévisions and Eurosport (via a sub-licensing agreement made with France Télévisions) retain the exclusive broadcasting rights for the Roland Garros tournament on all supports, with France Télévisions being the appointed producer of the tournament signal on behalf of the FFT.
Jérémy BOTTON, Managing Director of the FFT, welcomes the extension of this partnership. “The FFT is very happy to add two years to the broadcasting agreement for the Roland Garros tournament with France Télévisions, its long-term partner, and Eurosport, which broadcasts the tournament throughout Europe. Thanks to this agreement, viewers will continue to benefit from in-depth coverage of all of the tournament’s matches and ‘unencrypted’ exposure, both on France Télévisions and Eurosport channels and on their digital platforms. From a financial point of view, the extension of this contract, whose annual amount will be increased on a regular basis, is very gratifying.”
Daniel BILALIAN, Deputy Managing Director in charge of Sport at France Télévisions, is also pleased with this extension. “I am delighted to see the Roland Garros tournament remain on France Télévisions channels, the ‘largest sports field in France’, for two more years and beyond the highly symbolic 2018 tournament, which will mark both the 90th anniversary of the first time the tournament was held at Roland Garros stadium and the 30th year that the tournament has been broadcast by France Télévisions. In this way, and in partnership with the FFT, we will continue to increase the tournament’s exposure to a wider audience, both on our general channels and on our digital supports.”
Julien BERGEAUD, SVP Country Manager France and Sports Rights Southern Europe Discovery/Eurosport, added, “Eurosport is very happy with this partnership with the FFT and is delighted to be able to continue contributing to the development and renown of the Roland Garros tournament in France and abroad. With the Roland Garros tournament being broadcast in France until 2020, we are able to promise our subscribers that they will be able to watch three of the four Grand Slam tournaments, along with the US Open and the Australian Open, which are also shown on Eurosport. A shared passion, constant innovation, exceptional coverage and top-class expertise are just a few of Eurosport’s hallmarks, offering reputed know-how to help promote tennis.”
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