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ESPN to televise all four rounds of Women’s British Open starting in 2010

In recent years the tournament was broadcast by TNT and ABC. From ESPN-

All four rounds of the Women’s British Open will air live in the United States for the first time beginning in 2010.

ESPN and tournament organizer Royal & Ancient Golf agreed to an eight-year contract announced Wednesday. The deal includes 12 live hours of tournament play over the four days of the tournament, digital coverage and expanded rights for ESPN International.

A same-day encore will air Sunday on ABC, the broadcast partner of ESPN.

“With this new deal, ESPN will be able to showcase the Women’s British Open like never before, with live coverage of all four rounds,” said Leah LaPlaca, ESPN’s vice president for programming and acquisitions.

Coverage of the Women’s British Open had been split between TNT and ABC.

This is great news. I can watch the British Open live, instead on tape delay like I did last summer when I was in the hospital.

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