Wimbledon Leaving NBC, Appears Headed to ESPN

Wimbledonis leaving NBC after 43 years and appears headed to ESPN.

NBC said in a statement Sunday that “while we would have liked to have continued our relationship, we were simply outbid.”

A person with knowledge of the negotiations confirms that ESPN is working on a contract with the All England Club to televise all of the Grand Slam tournament. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not ready to be announced.

The switch was first reported by SportsBusiness Journal.

ESPN had owned the rights to extensively televise early rounds of Wimbledon, with NBC picking up coverage as the tournament progressed, culminating with the “Breakfast atWimbledon” broadcasts of the finals.

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