LOS ANGELES, April 8, 2021 – Tennis Channel announcer Steve Weissman will continue to work with the network through 2025 as the result of a five-year contract extension. Weissman, who also hosts lead-in and post-match shows in addition to his play-by-play responsibilities, will remain the primary host of Tennis Channel Live, appearing in 90 percent of the conversational show’s annual editions. He has been with Tennis Channel since 2015.
“I’ve had so much fun working with my colleagues at Tennis Channel and am excited to be here deep into the next decade,” said Weissman. “With the exclusive coverage of both tours now, we’ve really become the unprecedented home of tennis for fans in the U.S. I look forward to sharing the upcoming storylines and non-stop action we’ve all learned to love.”
Weissman has become an increasingly visible on-air presence in his five years with the network. During the sport’s professional suspension in the early days of the 2020 pandemic, he hosted the channel’s three-hour daily show Tennis Channel Livefrom its Los Angeles studio. Without matches and by himself on a sanitized set, Weissman moderated Skype conversations with Tennis Channel analysts, professional players and representatives from around the sport. He was effective in bridging the gap between tennis’ hiatus in March of 2020 and its return in August. Under his new agreement he will add all four of the sport’s majors to his year-round work in studio and on the road. Along these lines, Weissman was a host and announcer during Tennis Channel’s Australian Open coverage in February.
“It’s been a pleasure for all of us to work with Steve,” said Bob Whyley, senior vice president of production and executive producer, Tennis Channel. “He has a well-rounded understanding of all sports and a passion for tennis in particular, which you can’t miss when you see him on air. He embraces every opportunity we throw his way and viewers are going to enjoy his continued contribution moving forward.”
Weissman is something of an anomaly in that he holds similar roles at two single-sport networks. In addition to Tennis Channel, he has also been a host and anchor at NFL Network since 2015, and currently is seen on the channel’s Total Access, NFL GameDay Live and news updates. He was part of NBC’s 2016 Summer Olympics team and spent five years with ESPN, where he appeared on SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, College Football Live, NFL Live and other programs. Weissman has won numerous awards from both the Michigan and Wisconsin Associations of Broadcasters, as well as each state’s Associated Press Awards.
A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Weissman resides in Los Angeles.
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