Money Matters - Simplified


U.S. Open to go 3-D

New York -- Panasonic, CBS Sports and the U.S. Tennis Association will produce 3-D versions of the U.S. Open on Labor Day and finals weekends, organizers say.

The USTA said Wednesday Panasonic has become an official sponsor of the U.S. Open in a new three-year contract.

A news release said working with CBS Sports, the USTA and Pansonic will spearhead the first-ever 3D broadcasts of the tournament. CBS Sports will produce 3-D versions of all the Arthur Ashe Stadium matches that it broadcasts in high definition on Labor Day weekend and on finals weekend, Sept. 10-12.

The release said the matches will be made available nationwide via DirecTV's dedicated 3-D entertainment channel, "n|3D Powered by Panasonic" (DirecTV channel 103).

Record purse for U.S. Open

New York -- The 2010 U.S. Open, the year's final major tennis tournament, will award a record $22.6 million in purses, the U.S. Tennis Association said Thursday.

The USTA said the tournament, which will run Aug. 30-Sept. 12 will pay its men's and women's singles champions $1.7 million each. Last year's winners -- Kim Clijsters and Juan Martin del Potro -- each earned $1 million.

The $22.6 million in total prize money represents a record for a tennis tournament, officials said.

The association also said the singles winners can make an additional $1 million in bonus money from the U.S. Open Series, a 10-tournament stretch linked to the U.S. Open itself.