NCAAs on the Golf Channel in 2014
By Torleif Sorenson on 12/18/12
The NCAA announced on Monday that the Golf Channel will begin televising the NCAA Division I men's golf championship beginning in 2014, and the women's championships beginning in 2015.
In the typical, ho-hum boilerplate press release language that was probably cobbled together by some undergraduate marketing intern, Golf Channel president Mike McCarley is purported to have actually said:
"We are committed to covering all facets of the game of golf and this new partnership with the NCAA will be the centerpiece of our broader commitment to covering the collegiate game. We look forward to introducing our viewers to the future stars of the game and tapping into the tremendous passion collegiate fans have for their schools."In reality, this is long overdue and a refreshing change from the afternoon sportswriter talking-head shows - to say nothing of the drinking-from-a-firehose torrent of throwaway college basketball at all hours of the day and night on cable sports channels. Over-hyped games such as Northeast Central Polytechnic State University vs. Cranford College, with an 11:15 p.m. start time from a generic 1,700-seat college gymnasium, have about as much appeal as the World Gas-Pumping Championships
The idea of the NCAA golf championships on television is more than just a heretofore oversight; it will be a refreshing change. And while some of the venues might not generate instant interest among casual viewers, they should:
Besides, basketball courts are always the same size. And in car racing, the general idea is, "don't turn right."
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I guess the Golf Channel has to fill up their schedule with something. College golf is certainly better than re-running a segment of "Big Three Golf" for the 37th time.
Kurt the Knife says:
Hey man, don't go talking smack about my Gas-pumping champs!
Kurt the Knife says:
Seriously, I would like to see potential up-n-comers before they're on the tour.
Matt McGee says:
Excellent! I've wondered for a long time why the Golf Channel broadcasts so little of the actual game of golf. 25 million people playing the game, and all they can come up with now is another (albeit wildly anticipated) opinion about Tiger Woods.
That's great. I wonder if it will get better ratings than the web.com tour.
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