ESPN to Air BNP Paribas Showdown Live With MSG Broadcasting Replays

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MSG Sports and StarGames have announced a comprehensive broadcast plan for the 2012 BNP Paribas Showdown that involves ESPN to broadcast the much-anticipated matches live from Madison Square Garden on Monday, March 5 featuring world number two-ranked Maria Sharapova of Russia playing former world number one Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and world number three Roger Federer of Switzerland taking on American Andy Roddick.

Live coverage of the matches begins at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN3 domestically and on ESPN International to more than 130 countries. A tape-delayed broadcast of the event will air at 11:30 p.m. on ESPN2 featuring Chris Fowler, Mary Joe Fernandez and Patrick McEnroe.

“It is great to once again have television partners working with us to showcase tennis at this unique annual celebration of the sport,” said Jerry Solomon, president of StarGames Inc. “ESPN has become the standard bearer for coverage of the sport, MSG is certainly the authority on events in this building with the same name. The coverage from both partners will give the Showdown a great presence on television.”

MSG Networks will re-broadcast the 2012 BNP Paribas Showdown, with Al Trautwig, John McEnroe and Katrina Adams handling the commentary beginning Friday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m. on MSG Plus and again on Sunday, March 18 at 10:00 p.m. on MSG.

“The BNP Paribas Showdown has become a must-attend event in New York and a staple on the tennis calendar. Working with our amazing broadcast partners at ESPN and MSG Networks, we are excited to once again take this event from The World’s Most Famous Arena to an audience around the world,” said Scott O’Neil, president of MSG Sports.

With the participation of Sharapova, Wozniacki, Federer and Roddick in 2012, the five-year run of the BNP Paribas Showdown has now included 14 players who have combined for 1,393 weeks at number one in the world, 84 Grand Slam singles titles and 597 overall career titles.

The BNP Paribas Showdown, in partnership with the USTA, will continue their efforts to grow youth participation in the sport of tennis through “Tennis Night in America,” a national program which is among the largest ever grass roots initiative the sport has ever seen. To find a sign-up location visis TennisNight.com.