ESPN signs exclusive 11-year deal with U.S. Open

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U.S. Open tennis will only be seen on ESPN beginning in 2015.
The U.S. Tennis Association and the cable network reached an 11-year agreement that will give ESPN exclusive television rights to the sport's national championship. According to multiple media reports, ESPN will pay an average of $70 million pay year during the contract.
As part of the agreement, every match on every court at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center will be available online at ESPN3.
ESPN has aired early-round U.S. Open matches since 2009, though CBS has continued to handle weekend coverage, including the finals, which it has carried since the start of tennis' open era in 1968.
"Certain sporting events become synonymous with when they are held, and there is no better -- or bigger -- way to celebrate the end of summer than at the US Open in New York," ESPN president John Skipper said in a statement. "We look forward to capturing every match, every star, every championship and all the drama on this grand stage."
ESPN now the sole home of three of tennis' four majors -- the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open -- and it shared coverage of the French Open with NBC and the Tennis Channel.