LOS ANGELES, Oct. 11, 2022 – Tennis Channel has added to its schedule live coverage of a star-studded pickleball evening that will feature Tony Romo, Dirk Nowitzki, Jordan Spieth, Scottie Scheffler and John Isner, set for Thursday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m. ET. Played during the Professional Pickleball Association’s PPA Tour Round Up in the Dallas area, the Celebrity Battle of the Paddle exhibition will showcase some of the biggest names in Texas sports and representatives from the worlds of top-level football, basketball, golf and tennis.

Romo is a former quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys and holds many of the legendary team’s passing records, including: touchdowns, yards, games with at least 300 yards and games with at least three touchdown passes. Nowitzki was a power forward on the Dallas Mavericks and won the 2011 NBA Championship. Spieth and Scheffler are a pair of champions at The Masters, with the former winning the tournament in 2015 and the latter this April. Tennis star John Isner won the longest tennis match in history during Wimbledon in 2010, played over the course of three days and lasting 11 hours-and-five minutes; he also won the 2018 Miami Open and is a two-time US Open quarterfinalist.

Scheffler and Spieth will take on Nowitzki and Isner in a doubles exhibition, while Romo – as he currently does as a football analyst for CBS Sports – will join the announcement booth with the PPA’s Dave Fleming and Leigh Waters. Following the match, the stars will partner with top-ranked men and women on the PPA circuit in a special exhibition tournament.

The competition will air on Tennis Channel, Tennis.com and the Tennis Channel app. The network will have live coverage of the PPA Tour Round Up’s championship Sunday on October 16, at 1 p.m.


Tennis Channel which is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, is the only television-based multi-platform destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle. The network has the most concentrated single-sport coverage in television in one of the world’s most voluminous sports, with multiple men’s and women’s tournaments and singles, doubles and mixed competition throughout the year. Tennis Channel has rights at the four majors – US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open) and Australian Open – and is the exclusive U.S. home of all men’s ATP World Tour and women’s WTA Tour competitions, Laver Cup and Billie Jean King Cup. Direct-to-consumer streaming service Tennis Channel Plus is available to everyone in the United States and allows subscribers to select from another 4,500 live and on-demand matches and award-winning content from short-form to films throughout the tennis season. Tennis Channel International brings live competition and network content to markets in Europe and Asia via digital subscription and free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) channels. Additional platforms Tennis Magazine and www.tennis.com are the largest print and digital outlets dedicated to the sport. Tennis Channel also manages a network of close to 20 podcasts.

About Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. is a diversified media company and a leading provider of local news and sports. The Company owns, operates and/or provides services to 185 television stations in 86 markets; owns multiple national networks including Tennis Channel and Stadium; has TV stations affiliated with all the major broadcast networks and owns and/or operates 21 regional sports network brands. Sinclair’s content is delivered via multiple platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital and streaming platforms NewsON and STIRR. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information which can be accessed atwww.sbgi.net.

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Eric Abner, Tennis Channel, 310-314-9445, eabner@tennischannel.com, @TennisChannelPR