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. Dr. Jerry Punch, the previous race announcer, will become a pit reporter. →As part of Versus’ new deal with the WEC and UFC, the network will air seven live WEC fights and two live UFC events in 2010, marking the first time that live UFC events will air on a national sports cable network. →ESPN’s "The U” documentary on the Miami football program earned a 1.8 rating, making it ESPN’s highest-rated documentary. The "30 for 30” film series resumes at 8 p.m. March 4 with "Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks.” →CBS’ SEC football coverage averaged a 4.4 rating, up 29 percent from last year. The 11.1 for the SEC championship game was up 18 percent from last year. →The 2010 baseball season will open with the Red Sox hosting the Yankees at 7 p.m. April 4 on ESPN2. It will mark the fifth time in the last six years that the defending World Series champion played the season-opening Sunday night game. →HBO’s "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” which debuts at 9 p.m. Tuesday, will include a roundtable discussion of 2009. →The Golf Channel will unveil its new studio Jan. 4 with high-definition production capabilities for all its studio programming.
Cox adds Tennis Channel