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Nine And Stan Sport Confirm Broadcast Deal For Wimbledon And Roland Garros

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ine and Stan Sport have confirmed they have secured a deal to broadcast Wimbledon and Roland Garros, commencing in 2021.

The deal comes just days after Nine and Stan agreed on a landmark broadcast agreement with Rugby Australia, worth $100 million over three years.

Nine chief executive officer, Hugh Marks, said: “On Monday we talked about how Nine was taking a whole-of-television approach to the way we look at sports rights.”

“Today’s announcement sees us secure two of the world’s great tennis tournaments and gives us the flexibility to develop the right mix of games which will appear on free-to-air television while ensuring all games are available to Stan Sport subscribers live and ad-free on Stan,” he said.

The agreement will also include both the women’s and men’s singles finals, which is another benefit for Stan Sport.

Stan chief executive officer, Mike Sneesby, said he looks forward to broadcasting the grand slam events on the ad-free streaming service.

“With this announcement, Stan will become a new home of Wimbledon and Roland-Garros — two of the world’s most prestigious tennis tournaments,” Sneesby said.

“Expanding our live streaming offer, sports fans can look forward to full coverage of both tournaments live and on demand, ad-free on Stan from 2021,” he said.

Nine and Stan’s new deal sees Wimbledon move away from 2020 broadcaster, Seven, while Roland Garros departs from SBS and Foxtel.

All England Lawn Tennis Club (which stages the Wimbledon event) commercial and media director, Mike Desmond, said he was thankful for Seven and Foxtel’s efforts in the past, while he looks forward to entering a new era with Nine.

“I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Channel Seven and Foxtel for their efforts in broadcasting Wimbledon over the past decade,” Desmond said.

“We are delighted to be announcing a return to Channel Nine’s multiple platforms as our exclusive broadcast partner for The Championships in Australia.

“Wimbledon has a long and proud history in Australia, and we look forward to seeing The Championships unfold across Nine’s impressive network,” he said.

While the deal with Rugby Australia was confirmed to be worth $100 million, no value has been disclosed for the deal with Wimbledon and Roland Garros.