MSG Plus Introduces New Tennis Series
"World of Tennis, presented by BNP Paribas" to Debut Tuesday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m.
New York, NY (July 8, 2010) - MSG Plus and StarGames announced today that it will launch a new program this summer called "World of Tennis, presented by BNP Paribas." The eight-week series will take an inside look at the sport, from the professional tours to the history of the game. The magazine-style show will debut on Tuesday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m.
"We are pleased to continue our partnership with StarGames and BNP Paribas," said Dan Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager of MSG Networks. "This series will be an exciting addition to our tennis programming and will offer our audience a new perspective on some of their favorite tennis events throughout the year."
Each 30-minute episode of "World of Tennis, presented by BNP Paribas" will be hosted by former tennis player Justin Gimelstob through voiceovers and reports, and feature five segments: "Look Back" – a review of notable performances over the past year; "Ivan Lendl Teaches" – tennis tips from the eight-time Grand Slam-winner; "MSG History" – analysis of past tennis events from the World's Most Famous Arena; "Health Tip" – expert health and fitness tips from Dr. Vijay Vad, sports medicine specialist at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and author of "Stop Pain;" and "Recent Events" – a look at the latest events in and around the game.
"The 'World of Tennis presented by BNP Paribas' gives us an opportunity to expand our tennis platform for the benefit of our sponsors, events and industry partners," said Jerry Solomon, president and CEO of StarGames. "We hope to cover the sport in a way that no one else is, which will also provide something unique for tennis fans."
"World of Tennis, presented by BNP Paribas" will be produced by StarGames and MSG Sports. Presenting sponsor BNP Paribas will be joined by partners Tennis Magazine, Wilson, Essex House, Dr. Vijay Vad and the United States Tennis Association.
The annual BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden, dating back to the inaugural tournament in 2009, has been produced by StarGames in partnership with MSG Sports. Featured players have included Serena and Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova. The upcoming 2011 BNP Paribas Showdown will feature four legendary players and two classic rivalries when John McEnroe faces Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras takes on Andre Agassi on February 28, 2011.
About StarGames, LLC (www.stargamesinc.com)
StarGames, LLC is a fully integrated sports marketing, management and entertainment company based outside of Boston, MA. Now in its 16th year, StarGames represents current and former professional athletes, produces original content for mass media distribution, operates its own broadband television channels and produces live and made for television events. StarGames orchestrated the return of tennis to Madison Square Garden with the 2008 NetJets Showdown and the BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup; with tennis legend Ivan Lendl, launched the Champions Academy in Florida for elite junior athletes and most recently produced the Caesars Tennis Classic in Atlantic City, NJ. StarGames partners on various projects with Lagardere Unlimited which represents the international television rights for the BNP Paribas Showdown.
About MSG Media
MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platforms, including content originating from MSG's venues. MSG Media consists of the MSG Networks (MSG network, MSG Plus, MSG HD and MSG Plus HD) regional sports networks and the Fuse Networks (Fuse and Fuse HD), a national television network dedicated to music. MSG Media is also responsible for managing interactive initiatives (online, mobile, VOD and iTV) across all business segments. MSG Media is part of Madison Square Garden, Inc., (NASDAQ: MSG) a fully-integrated sports, entertainment and media business. The company is comprised of three business segments: MSG Sports, MSG Entertainment and MSG Media, which are strategically aligned to work together to drive MSG's overall business, which is built on a foundation of iconic venues and compelling content that MSG creates, produces, presents and/or distributes through its programming networks and other media assets. MSG Sports consists of owning and operating sports franchises, including the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA), and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL). MSG Sports also features other sports properties, including the presentation of a wide variety of live sporting events including professional boxing, college basketball, track and field and tennis. MSG Entertainment is one of the country's leaders in live entertainment. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Radio City Rockettes, throughout the country. MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in MSG's diverse collection of venues. These venues include Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theater, the Chicago Theater and the Wang Theater. More information is available at www.msg.com.