France Télévisions, Eurosport extend French Open rights deals

French public-service broadcaster France Télévisions and pan-European sports broadcaster Eurosport have extended deals to show coverage of the French Open tennis grand slam.

The agreements cover the 2019 and 2020 editions of the event, extending an arrangement that was due to expire after the 2018 competition.

France Télévisions has struck a deal with the French Tennis Federation, which operates the tournament, to serve as the host broadcaster.

Eurosport has renewed a sublicensing deal with France Télévisions for coverage in France.

The federation’s managing director, Jérémy Botton, said: “From a financial point of view, the extension of this contract, whose annual amount will be increased on a regular basis, is very gratifying.”

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