Eurosport and discovery+** to Screen Every Point from Every Court as Announcement Builds on Record Engagement across all WBD Platforms from 2022 US Open
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., February 14, 2023 – The USTA today announced that it has reached a new, five-year agreement for Warner Bros. Discovery to showcase the US Open in 45 markets* across Europe, including exclusive access in 42 territories.
The deal includes live and highlights rights with every match on every court available to stream on discovery+** and the Eurosport App in addition to live television coverage during the tournament on Eurosport 1 and 2. Markets including the Nordics will also have the option to showcase the best matches on Warner Bros. Discovery’s free-to-air channels.
The renewed partnership means that Eurosport will extend its association with the US Open beyond 25 years after first broadcasting the tournament in 2001. As the ‘home of tennis,’ Warner Bros. Discovery screens more live action than any other broadcaster, with over 720 hours of live tennis per year, including coverage of every Grand Slam***, the ATP season in 10 markets, the Laver Cup, plus every Olympic tennis match.
The news comes after Warner Bros. Discovery reported record audience engagement in many major markets following the 2022 US Open. This includes the best ever streaming performance on its digital platforms, doubling its audience year-on-year on discovery+, and securing the highest ever viewership on Eurosport 2, with the channel dedicated to screening coverage of locally relevant stars in each market.
Kirsten Corio, Chief Commercial Officer, USTA: “We’re thrilled to continue the relationship with our long-time, trusted broadcast media partner, who is dedicated to delivering the US Open in proven and innovative new ways to European audiences. After a record-breaking US Open last summer, and during an exciting time for tennis, we look forward to continuing to grow interest in our spectacular Grand Slam together with Warner Bros. Discovery.”
Trojan Paillot, Vice President, Sports Rights Acquisitions and Syndication, Warner Bros. Discovery Europe: “As the undisputed ‘home of tennis’, our brand is synonymous with the sport. Over the past 25 years, we have brought some of the most memorable moments in US Open history to fans while consistently growing tournament viewership across Europe.
“As a trusted partner to the USTA, we have developed a proven strategy to harness the full scale of our channels and platforms to screen coverage to the widest possible audience. This combined with our unrivalled tennis expertise, technology and storytelling ability means we offer fans a deeper and more engaging viewing experience year after year. We look forward to further extending our relationship with this historic tournament to enable us to unlock the power of tennis for viewers across our markets to enjoy.”
Its commitment to telling the stories of the players’ endeavors while bringing the best expert views from Grand Slam champions including Mats Wilander and John McEnroe to the widest possible audience, supplementing its live coverage, also contributed to more than one million daily unique users visiting Eurosport.com to consume tennis content during the tournament in 2022.