The SPNI seizes the audiovisual rights of Roland-Garros 2022-24
Mumbai: Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) has secured exclusive media rights to broadcast Roland-Garros between 2022 and 24. The three-year deal gives SPN exclusive TV and digital rights to Roland-Garros.
The broadcaster will show the French Open on its sports channels across India and the sub-continent, including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives, and will also be available live on its premium OTT platform, SonyLiv.
The next edition of the Grand Slam tournament is scheduled for May 22 to June 5. Sony Sports Network recorded an audience of 22 million viewers for the previous Grand Slam, the Australian Open, the highest viewership recorded in recent years.
“Following the successful broadcast of the Australian Open over the past few years on our network, we are delighted to acquire the media rights to the prestigious French Open,” said Rajesh Kaul, chief revenue officer for distribution and head of sports at SPNI. “The French Open pedigree will help us meet the steady growth of tennis fans in India. With this acquisition, we are reiterating our goal to position Sony Sports Network as the home of marquee global sporting events.
“We are delighted to have signed this contract with Sony Pictures Networks India,” said French Tennis Federation President Gilles Moretton. “This new agreement ensures maximum visibility in India and its sub-continent. This means that our tournament will be celebrated in this part of the world where tennis fans and Roland-Garros fans are more and more numerous.