British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) announced on Friday that they have extended the broadcasting deal with Wimbledon for six more years that will see their contract run until 2027, being hailed as the longest broadcasting deal in sports history, the Wimbledon grand slam 2022 will be the 85th edition that BBC is broadcasting.
The agreement means that the Grand Slam will remain free-to-air across BBC television, radio and on its online platforms. The extension of the deal will see them celebrate 100 years of Radio and the 85th year in a row that BBC will be broadcasting the Wimbledon Grand Slam.
The 2019 edition of the Grand Slam saw a record 9.6 million viewers during the finals played between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Djokovic won the match 13-12 and won his 5th Wimbledon Grand slam.
The 2020 edition of the Wimbledon Grand Slam saw itself getting cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the 2021 edition’s final is scheduled to be held on the 12th of July with Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini going head-to-head for the sought-after trophy.
2021 Wimbledon has attracted record-breaking viewership, an audience of 15.5 million on BBC has tuned in to watch on first 4 days of the tournament.
The deal extension will mean that the longest partnership in sports history will see itself continue even further and the tournament will continue to be broadcasted on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC online, BBC iPlayer and on BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra.
Meanwhile, ESPN will be broadcasting the championship in the US with the terms of a new 12-year agreement. Earlier this year, Star Sports has signed a three-year contract extension with Wimbledon for media rights in India. The new deal is set to expire in 2023.