ESPN 2, ABC To Air All p1440 Professional Beach Volleyball Finals in 2018
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.
“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,” says 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 programming 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:
- Sun, Sep 30, 4-6 p.m. p1440 Series: San Jose Open ABC
- Sun, Oct 21, 4-6 p.m. p1440 Series: Las Vegas Open ESPN2
- Sun, Dec 2, 4-6 p.m. p1440 Series: San Diego Open ABC
- Sun, Dec 16, 4-6 p.m. p1440 Series: Huntington Beach Open 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.