A War of Timing?
By Torleif Sorenson on 8/15/13
Some golf fans and people in the world of sports media are in a bit of a lather because the USGA announced their new broadcast contract with Fox Sports on the eve of the PGA Championship at Oak Hill. Reaction about the timing of the announcement has been mixed, at best.
But in an interview with SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio host Matt Adams, PGA of America president Ted Bishop said that the announcement did
Bishop:"There was nothing from outside the PGA Championship that happened last week that disrupted what we felt like was an important week in major golf. We survived something there in the middle of the week that had no impact on our championship whatsoever and we were proud of everything that happened at Oak Hill."But on Monday, the opening day of the U.S. Amateur Championship, one of the USGA's highest-profile national championships, reports surfaced that the PGA of America would bring the 2019 PGA Championship and the 2024 Ryder Cup Matches to the famous Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, New York.
Adams followed up with this question:
Adams: "Did you deliberately allow the information on New York to come out this week in the middle of the U.S. Amateur as a result?"Of course, the PGA of America is a large-enough organization with a large-enough national leadership body that one of Bishop's understudies certainly could (and probably did) have enough clout to leak the information to a favored golf writer someplace — such as GolfWeek — without any fear of repercussion or whistle-blowing.
And you have to admit this: The leaked story about Bethpage Black distracted most golf media outlets from focusing on the U.S. Amateur Championship this week. But in this writer's humble opinion, the 13th Solheim Cup that begins tomorrow at Colorado Golf Club is the most compelling golf event this week.
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Wow, what a scumbag. Coincidentally, this Ted Bishop was named "Creep of the week" at some site called legitimategolf.com.
Duke of Hazards says:
Sounds like a bunch of 15yo girls upstaging each other at the school dance. 'Oh no she di'int!'
"Yeah, I think that's what I was probably referring to"
Weasel words spoken by a weasel.
Duke hit it on the head. Nothing to see here but some high school girls...
Maybe that wasn't the right thing to post on the interweb
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