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Tennis Channel is an American sports-oriented digital cable and satellite television network that is owned by The Tennis Channel, Inc., a subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group. It is devoted to events and other programming related to the game of tennis, along with other racquet sports such as badminton and racquetball. Launched on May 15, 2003, the channel is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, and produces its programming out of an HD-capable broadcast center in the Los Angeles suburb of Culver City. Ken Solomon serves as the networks chief executive officer. Tennis Channel is available across the United States from most cable providers and on satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network. In 2001, the Tennis Channel (TTC) was founded by Steve Bellamy, who soon hired Bruce Rider to head up programming and marketing. A group known as the "Viacom Mafia"—a group that includes Viacom’s current CEO, Philippe Dauman, its former CEO, Frank Biondi, and current chief operating officer, Thomas E. Dooley—became involved in the founding of the channel. This group invested and rounded up additional investors, Bain Capital Ventures, J.P. Morgan Partners, Battery Ventures, Columbia Capital, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, who as a group invested about $100 million. These founders felt with other single sports channel like the Golf Channel succeeding with a mostly male demographic and tennis having viewer of both sexes and of a desirable high-end demographic that a tennis channel would draw in advertisers. The channel was launched in the Spring of 2003 with its first live show at the April Fed Cup tie in Lowell, Massachusetts.