Spark Sport Granted Exclusive Live TV And Digital Rights To US Open In New Zealand Through 2024
June 6, 2022
Spark Sport is now the exclusive home for the US Open in New Zeland: It has been granted the country’s exclusive live television and digital rights to the Grand Slam tournament through 2024.
The three-year deal, announced Thursday, begins at the 2022 US Open; the tournament will be available live and on-demand on Spark Sport from the start of the US Open Qualifying Tournament on Aug. 24. It also comes as Spark Sport positions itself to become the epicenter of world-class tennis in New Zealand, having also renewed its WTA rights through 2024.
“It’s the perfect time to partner with Spark Sport in New Zealand, as they continue to grow and prioritize their tennis coverage within an ever-expanding live sports portfolio,” said Lew Sherr, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, USTA. “We’re excited for the next three years and are looking forward to Spark delivering a high level of US Open coverage to the great fans in New Zealand.”
Head of Spark Sport, Jeff Latch adds: “Our goal is to bring Kiwis more of the sport they love, and we know we have a lot of tennis-mad fans in Aotearoa. Our subscribers will now have access to the US Open, a tournament that has evolved into one of the most popular sports and entertainment spectacles around the globe, as well as WTA tournaments already available on the platform. August 2022 will be our first time bringing this global showpiece to the local market and we hope subscribers will take advantage of our exclusive coverage of the tournament.”
The main draw of the 2022 US Open will take place from Aug. 29 through Sept. 11 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.