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WMOR-Ch. 32 to show NBC's coverage of French Open Men's Final Sunday for WFLA-Ch. 8

French-open-2010  You probably won't see anything like Venus Williams' shocking fashion faux pas at the opening  matches of the French Open. But local tennis fans probably still want to see the Men's Finals in the French Open Sunday morning.

So take heart: local independent station WMOR-Ch. 32 will air the 2010 French Open Mens Finals for NBC affiliate WFLA-Ch. 8, which is broadcasting its annual All Children's Hospital Telethon this weekend.

WMOR is scheduled to air NBC's coverage of the competition from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday -- ensuring that area tennis fans won't miss the matches and the telethon can also air unimpeded.

Last year, WFLA didn't air the French Open Men's final and had to shift the opening game of the Stanley Cup hockey tournament to Sun Sports network because of the telethon -- a deal which followed a rush effort by owners of Tampa's hockey team, The Lightning, according to my colleague Tom Jones.

So just remember to shift your attention (or DVR settings) to Channel 32 on Sunday, tennis fans.

click below for the release from WMOR-Ch. 32:

WMOR-TV32 Tapped by Tampa Bay NBC Affiliate, WFLA-TV to carry Men’s Finals of 2010 French Open

Grand Slam tennis event to air on Hearst Television Indie

Tampa, FL, May 31, 2010 – WMOR-TV, the popular independent television station serving the Tampa-St. Petersburg television market, will air the Men’s Finals of the “2010 French Open” on Sunday, June 6th.  Tampa Bay NBC Affiliate WFLA-TV, which was slated to carry the final, has a prior programming commitment to air the All Children’s Hospital Telethon live from St. Petersburg during that time period.  To ensure their viewers and tennis fans alike are properly served, WFLA considered available outlets and selected WMOR.  “We value WMOR-TV as a broadcast partner and are happy they will be able to air this important event, live,” commented Cathy Helean, Vice President of Marketing  for WFLA-TV, The Tampa Tribune and TBO.com.

TV32, home to Tampa Bay’s “Favorites” like, “Family Guy” and “The Office” is no stranger to major sporting events, having in the past aired Tampa Bay Rays games, Tampa Bay Bucs pre-season games, as well as college sports.  Now TV32 can add not only Professional Tennis, but a true gem of the Grand Slam. “The French Open”.  “We’re very excited about the opportunity to   carry the men’s final and work with WFLA in making certain the Tampa Bay community is able to watch this great sporting event. ”, notes TV32 President and General Manager Ken Lucas.

Look for the Men’s Final of the 2010 French Open Sunday, June 6th at 9am in Hi-Definition on TV32 over the air on Channel 32.1, Brighthouse Cable Channel 1012, Verizon Channel 512, and Comcast Channel 437.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 12, 2010 2:15pm]

    

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