Australian Open Men's Final to be shown tape delay in U.S.

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by baseliner, Dec 22, 2004.

  1. baseliner

    baseliner Professional

    Mar 1, 2004
    ESPN announced that they will show the men's final on tape delay. With the AO moving the men's final to prime time (3Am ET) ESPN figured more viewers tape delay Sunday afternoon. Any bets on whether ESPN shows the final in its entirety or edits and fits it neatly in a 2 hour window.
  2. rhubarb

    rhubarb Hall of Fame

    Jul 3, 2004
    Depends on who's in it.
  3. Ariel

    Ariel Rookie

    Feb 18, 2004
    ESPN butches tennis in a shameless fashion, so I wouldn't be surprised if they show it delayed and edited.

    It's pathetic that they call themselves "the grand slam network" and edit the matches in such a way that any casual viewer with half-a-brain asleep could hint who is going to win well before the match ended.

    The Davis cup final was the most extreme example of this: They announced the Sunday match as the 'deciding match', so once Roddick jumped on court you knew that he lost already since Spain was 2-1 ahead, therefore if that was the deciding match, there were no other possible result than Moya winning.
  4. bigserving

    bigserving Hall of Fame

    Mar 25, 2004
    If that is Super Bowl Sunday like usual, I may not even watch no matter who is playing.
  5. dAgEnIuS

    dAgEnIuS Rookie

    Dec 12, 2004
    well, i don't even get ESPN.....
    i rather watch it taped, than not watching it at all...
  6. Max G.

    Max G. Legend

    Feb 18, 2004
    It's kind of interesting, I'm a lot less interested in Grand Slam finals than I am in the early rounds. I haven't watched a full Grand Slam final in a while... last one being the Clijsters-Henin Oz Open.
  7. Ronaldo

    Ronaldo Talk Tennis Guru

    Feb 18, 2004
    Still believe ESPN has many PPV channels, just show it live, and charge us $3.95.
  8. VamosRafa

    VamosRafa Hall of Fame

    May 3, 2004
    Whatever. If it's a final I'm really interested in, I'll get up and watch the scores live on the computer.

    That often is more fun/interesting than watching it on tape-delay later. Especially if you get a few folks in a chatroom, and follow along scores at the same time (and perhaps someone in there will have live coverage and will give some play-by-plays).

    It can be fun. :mrgreen:

    On the other hand, if you wake up, check the scores and see it's a blow-out, you save yourself the time of watching the blow-out.

    But if you see it's a good match, it may be fun to watch it, even knowing the result.

    But it's no fun to watch a match you know is going to be bad from the outset. And tape-delay can save you that hardship.

    Of course, if it's the match of the decade, you'd like to watch it wihtout knowing the score in advance. But as you pointed out, ESPN will butcher it fit within their time block anyway.
  9. finchy

    finchy Professional

    Apr 11, 2004
    lol, i dont even have cable so have fun!
  10. VamosRafa

    VamosRafa Hall of Fame

    May 3, 2004
    It's true. :lol:

    And even though I was in Sevilla for the Davis Cup final, I wanted to watch again the Nadal/Roddick match, without all the stuff going on around in the stands around me.

    And as I typically do in those situations, I ordered the tape from

    I got it right away, and have been watching it. It's amazing the stuff you miss when you are the stands and vice versa.

    But that's my connection to the stars -- If they don't have it, they will get it. Check them out!

    And if any of you want to see the Tennis Channel No Strings episode on Rafa, again, just contact They have it.
  11. James Brown

    James Brown Semi-Pro

    Feb 19, 2004
    Wow susan! only 25$ + shipping (or included, who gives a crap) for a tennis tape! Wow, thats WAY more than a 100% profit! that should be illegal!...oh wait it is...woopsie. sorry but 25$? come way they put in that much work to earn that much per match.
  12. perfmode

    perfmode Hall of Fame

    Apr 17, 2004
    Yea it's a ripoff. DVD's with bonus features aren't even $25 most of the time.
  13. splink779

    splink779 Guest

    Yeah thats a ripoff. Especially when you can get matches on DVD for $6-$15. Stop buying from that guy!!
  14. Brian Purdie

    Brian Purdie Semi-Pro

    Feb 19, 2004
    I was actually looking forward to waking up at 3AM and watching it. Isn't that part of the fun? I mean, I wouldn't want to do it for a whole fortnight during the W and RG for you West coasties, but one day a year sounds cool

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