Mary Carillo

Tennis Channel Extends Deal with Mary Carillo

The Tennis Channel today annolunced that it has reached a contract extension with broadcaster Mary Carillo.  Carillo will now add Wimbledon and select domestic tournaments – beginning with the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami – to her network repertoire via a multiyear contract extension.

Carillo joined the network last year to provide coverage of the French Open and U.S. Open.

“We had a great time in Paris and New York last year, and I’m excited to keep working with Tennis Channel,” said Carillo in a press release. “I’m looking forward to joining the team in Miami and London.”

Sports Media Weekly Podcast No. 55- Jack Edwards, NESN

Sports Media Weekly Still plenty to talk about on the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Ken Fang at Fang’s Bites and I spend the first part of the show discussing some recent changes in the broadcast booth…The NFL Network’s announcement of the addition of Brad Nessler and Mike Mayock for their NFL game package…the move of Gus Johnson from CBS to Fox…and the hiring of Mary Carillo by The Tennis Channel.

We then talk about the ratings drop for NBC’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby and the potential (although unlikely) chance of some unattractive match-ups in the NHL and NBA Finals.

Our guest this week is Jack Edwards, play-by-play voice for the Boston Bruins on the New England Sports Network (NESN).  Jack talks about growing up a Bruins fan and now broadcasting the team’s games, his time at ESPN, and his thoughts on the reaction of bloggers to his on air style and persona.

Mary Carillo Joins Tennis Channel

The Tennis Channel has announced that long-time tennis broadcaster Mary Carillo will join the network for its coverage of both the French and U.S. Opens.

Carillo is slated to work at the network’s anchor desk as well as offer analysis and play-by-play.

“What executive producer wouldn’t want to add Mary Carillo to their broadcast team?” said Larry Meyers, executive producer and senior vice president, production, Tennis Channel.  “We continue to build upon the group of incredible people who cover the French Open for Tennis Channel.  The chance to bring Mary into a lineup that already includes McEnroe, Navratilova, Davenport, Macatee, (Ted) Robinson and (Ian) Eagle is another great opportunity for us and our viewers.  We really feel like there’s no other sport in the world that has this level of talent covering it on one network.”

Since her retirement from the game in 1980 Carillo has worked for CBS, NBC, and ESPN, HBO, USA, and Bravo covering tennis and other sporting events.

Coverage of the French Open on The Tennis Channel begins May 22nd.