Eurosport, France Télévisions secure Roland-Garros rights

March 4, 2014 10.24 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

Eurosport NewEurosport and France Télévisions have extended their partnership with the French Tennis Federation (FFT) to continue broadcasting the French Open until 2018. The agreement is the result of a tender launched last autumn regarding the commercialisation of the audiovisual rights for the coming editions (2014 until 2018) of the tournament.

France Télévisions will remain the domestic broadcaster of the French Open, as they have been since 1987, while Eurosport, already the broadcaster of the French Open in the rest of Europe until 2021, has with this deal acquired sub-licensed rights in France from France Télévisions.

Commenting on the deal, Jean-Thierry Augustin, CEO of the Eurosport Group, said: “We are very pleased that we are able to continue our collaboration with the FFT thanks to this agreement, with whom we are already partnering in all other European countries to broadcast Roland-Garros until 2021. This new agreement will enable us to offer our subscribers extensive coverage of the tournament, both on our channels (Eurosport and Eurosport 2) and on our various digital offerings, whether on the internet, mobile, tablet or connected TV. The Roland Garros tournament is one of the flagship events in the portfolio rights of the Eurosport Group, and we are very proud to be able to continue, through the various agreements we have now signed, to support the development of tournament in France and internationally in 54 countries.”