ESPN2 and ABC Serve up Professional Beach Volleyball Finals in New Agreement between ESPN and Kerri Walsh Jennings’ p1440 Event Series
Kerri Walsh Jennings’ event series and digital community, p1440, has reached an agreement with ESPN in which all p1440 professional beach volleyball finals will air on ESPN2 or ABC in 2018. In its inaugural year, the p1440 finals will highlight the best beach volleyball players from around the world.
ESPN2 and ABC Present Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings’ p1440 Event Series Finals, Showcasing the Highest Level of Beach Volleyball Competition.
“We are incredibly honored and humbled to work with ESPN and allow sports fans to experience the tip of the sphere with regard to the best beach volleyball athletes from around the world,” said Walsh Jennings, co-founder of p1440. “Volleyball is one of the most watched sports during the Olympics, so we know there’s a world-wide audience out there that wants to experience everything the sport of beach volleyball has to offer. p1440 will provide a dynamic platform through which the world can experience the grace and power of our sport as well as witness the captivating stories of our athletes on and off the sand.”
John Lasker, ESPN vice president, digital media programming adds, “Kerri Walsh Jennings is not only a three-time Olympic gold medalist, she’s an innovator and her event series has a creative approach that resonates with ESPN’s programing efforts. We are thrilled to be working with her and her p1440 team to present the best in professional beach volleyball to fans.”
The inaugural p1440 season will travel to San Jose, Calif., Las Vegas, San Diego and Huntington Beach, Calif., in 2018 and four additional cities in 2019. The men’s and women’s finals at each event will be televised on ESPN2 or ABC. Schedule:
p1440 Series: San Jose Open – Sun, Sep 30 | 4-6 p.m. ET | ABC
p1440 Series: Las Vegas Open – Sun, Oct 21 | 4-6 p.m. ET | ESPN2
p1440 Series: San Diego Open – Sun, Dec 2 | 4-6 p.m. ET | ABC
p1440 Series: Huntington Beach Open – Sun, Dec 16 | 4-6 p.m. ET | ABC
The p1440 event series is centered around a professional beach volleyball tournament and features a music festival, personal development experiences and a health & wellness village. In the summer of 2018, the p1440 event series will also be supported 24/7 by a powerful digital online community that will provide constant inspiration and an abundance of resources to support living an optimal life. Together, the event series and digital experience will revolutionize and revitalize the sport of beach volleyball, provide a credible platform for aspiring and professional athletes, grow the volleyball audience and become the leading resource for individuals to live playfully.
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