Hall of Fame tennis broadcaster Bud Collins is joining ESPN, reporting from the U.S. Open for “SportsCenter,” ESPNews and ESPN Radio, starting at the end of this month.
Mr. Collins also will provide coverage for ESPN2 from Grand Slam events, beginning in 2008, and during the rest of this year as news dictates.
Mr. Collins arrives at ESPN from NBC, where he had been covering tennis for the Peacock network since 1972. However, during his Wimbledon coverage, it was announced that NBC had decided not to renew Mr. Collins’ contract.
“I’m stimulated and extremely pleased to be joining ESPN’s worldwide tennis coverage, and anxious to get started,” Collins said.
Collins was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1994 and in 1999 received the prestigious Red Smith Award, sports journalism’s top award.
“Bud Collins is tennis, a truly unique sports television personality, and ESPN is proud to add his insight, wit and wisdom to our coverage,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN executive VP of production. “For more than 40 years, Bud has had a courtside seat at every meaningful event in the sport. … When the opportunity presented itself to add Bud to our tennis team, it was an easy decision to quickly reach out to him. His perspective, great storytelling and inimitable style will help further distinguish our Grand Slam coverage on ESPN2 and on SportsCenter.”