Media notebook: Cox adds Tennis Channel

BY MEL BRACHT, Staff Writer, mbracht@opubco.com Published: December 18, 2009
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Cox Communications on Thursday added the Tennis Channel to its digital lineup at channels 266 and 729 (HD). The network has the rights to carry 65 men’s and women’s tennis tournaments, including all four Grand Slam events.

Beginning Monday at 6 p.m. nightly, the network will replay the eight men’s and women’s Grand Slam singles finals of 2009 as ranked by viewers.

According to a news release, the 24-hour network also provides health, fitness, pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle and travel programming.

SHORT TAKES

→On Saturday, ESPN will carry men’s basketball games involving No. 1 Kansas and No. 2 Texas back to back. Kansas hosts Michigan at 11 a.m. in a special "green game” that will include energy conservation and environmental messages. Dave O’Brien, Jay Bilas and Holly Rowe will be the announcers. Then, in the first basketball game at new Cowboys Stadium, Texas faces No. 10 North Carolina at 1 p.m. (Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale and Doris Burke).

Chris Berman interviews Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker on ESPN’s "Sunday NFL Countdown” at 10 a.m. Sunday. Welker, a former Heritage Hall star, has surpassed 100 catches for the third season in a row.

Marty Reid has been named race announcer for ESPN’s NASCAR coverage, joining analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree in the booth.