Las Vegas tournament could move or disband after rights sold

LOS ANGELES -- Tennis Channel is selling the rights to its Las Vegas tournament to the ATP, which could take the event out of the city.

"It's time for us to focus more of our energy on ... (bringing) more tennis to television and the Internet than ever before," Tennis Channel chairman Ken Solomon said in a statement Thursday.

The network bought the tournament from IMG in 2005, when it was played in Scottsdale, Ariz., and renamed it the Tennis Channel Open that year. The tournament was moved to Las Vegas in 2006.

"The ATP is currently in the process of determining the future of the Las Vegas event," Tennis Channel's statement said.

Asked for comment, tour spokesman Kris Dent said: "The ATP can confirm that the Tennis Channel has decided not to continue operating the Las Vegas ATP Tour event. ATP can also confirm that it has purchased the membership and will now consider all available options for the vacancy."