Entire 2014 Ryder Cup To Be Televised
By Torleif Sorenson on 3/26/14
It seems strange that, with the Ryder Cup's popularity having exploded since the 1991 "War By The Shore," this development has taken 23 years to happen, but it finally has.
NBC Sports Group announced yesterday afternoon that NBC and Golf Channel will televise the 2014 Ryder Cup in its entirety. This means that, for the first time, a European-based golf event will be shown in North America, start-to-finish.
Day 1 coverage will be on Golf Channel from 2:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 26. Days 2 and 3 will be shown live on the NBC television network; the Saturday coverage begins at 3:00 a.m. EDT, while the Sunday matches will air at 7:00 a.m. EDT. In total, NBC and Golf Channel have scheduled 26.5 hours of live coverage of the Ryder Cup.
And as part of a properties trade, Golf Channel now has the joint Ryder Cup rights, taking over from ESPN. Sadly and tragically, this means that we will be denied the unique insights from one of golf's most legendary broadcasters... Chris Berman. (Tongue planted firmly in-cheek, obviously.)
It also means that your humble correspondent's body clock will be a mess in late September. (Oh, well...)
Our (Ryder) Cup runneth over.
NBC press release
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No Chris Berman? THANK God!!!
Even I know who Chris Berman is, from his coverage of MLB games, when we used to get them over here and he was really annoying back then.
Or, in Chris Berman style:
Torleif Sorenson says:
I'm getting the impression that ESPN will strongly be scaling back-back-back-back-back their coverage of the Ryder Cup...
I thought it was interesting at how this came about. It was essentially a trade between NBC and ESPN. ESPN got Michelle Beadle and access to more highlights for Premiere League Soccer in return for their early coverage of the Ryder Cup.
Did I mention that I played the Centenary Course at Gleneagles last summer? Gee that seems a long time ago. Let's see who can match my score for the final 4 holes (no comment on the first 14!)
joe jones says:
Part of the fun with the Ryder Cup is to see how the host captain sets up the course. I don't think the Americans with a few exceptions enjoy the bump and run style like the Euro's do.Seasonal weather also enters into the picture. The R & A sometimes lets nature determine how a course plays and a dry hard course seems to favor the Euro's.
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