Google Down the Line!: Fox Sports Net should never broadcast tennis matches again

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Fox Sports Net should never broadcast tennis matches again

Dear Fox Sports Net:

I have some feedback - you and your affiliate here in the New York City area, MSG, are doing a terrible job of covering the Pacific Life Open, one of the biggest tournaments in tennis outside of the four Grand Slams.

During yesterday's now classic match between Rafael Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, your programmers made the very asinine decision to stop coverage after the end of the second set. Your broadcasters didn't provide any type of segue - you just never returned to the match. I would relate the feeling to what it must be like to get a big present, open it up, and find nothing inside.

And, to rub salt in the wound, you started the evening's coverage of the tournament late because the game before ran over! Could you not have done the same for the tennis match earlier in the day?

I was accepting of the fuzzy quality of your telecasts and the way you tease viewers with 2-hour blocks (that's maybe one set of a Nadal match) of coverage, but cutting out an entire set of a now classic match with no explanation is unacceptable and a slap in the face to tennis fans and potentially new viewers for your channel. I hate to see what you have in store for next week's Miami Masters.

Please do all tennis fans a favor and give up your pursuit of tennis. Actions always speak louder than words.

To file a complaint to Fox Sports Net, click here.

To file a complaint to Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corporation and owner of FSN:

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Rupert Murdoch
Chairman and Chief Executive
News Corporation
1211 Avenue of Americas
8th Floor
NY, NY 10036
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  1. I love your blog, it is definitely a favorite of mine. I have to agree with you about the coverage on FSN! It's almost as if it is being produced by people who have absolutely no interest in the game. But I suppose we should at least be grateful that they picked the coverage up at all.

    Keep up the good work, I love what you are doing.

  2. Thank you!!!! It is just so sad the way the coverage is done in the first place in this country, and this FSN coverage is truly a slap in the face. Leaving Nadal's match was absolutely unacceptable.

  3. thanks - we need to let them know that it's unacceptable. they would NEVER cut off the 4th quarter of a football game or 9th inning of a baseball match right?

    to me, it's the same thing.

  4. thank you - i'm trying to spread the word. How can they drop coverage late in the 3rd set with no warning.
    They are a disgrace


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