ESPN2 and LPGA Extend Relationship

NEW YORK ESPN2 and the Ladies Professional Golf Association said they have agreed to a multi-year extension to televise the LPGA Series through 2009. Under the terms of the new agreement, ESPN2 will carry up to 10 events each year.

“The LPGA Series on ESPN has become an integral part of the LPGA’s television schedule, and our relationship with ESPN has been a vital component of the series for seven years now,” said Ty Votaw, LPGA commissioner, in a statement. “We are pleased to continue our partnership with ESPN.”

Unlike the PGA men’s series, which commands hefty TV rights fees, the LPGA shares the production costs of the events that air on ESPN2 and shares a split of the ad revenue. Cable sports network ESPN is based in Bristol, Conn.