We interrupt this program with some news from the PGA Tour!
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It certainly makes a lot of sense to me that the PGA Tour would consider having its own network. In fact, it surprises me that this has not happened sooner. With the great success of the Golf Channel, it is obvious that people are willing to tune in to their favorite pastime 24/7. Thanks to Dave Shedloski of Golf World Digital for this breaking and interesting story!
A shakeup in televised golf’s established order might be in the offing.
According to the Sports Business Journal, a May 16 story reports that the PGA Tour, which is in the midst of long-term rights deals with CBS and NBC/Golf Channel, could exercise an opt-out clause three years early—in 2018—to either seek new agreements or perhaps launch its own network. Network sources told SBJ that the tour has had preliminary discussions with several media companies to gauge interest in bidding on rights, although those same sources later expressed skepticism that the tour would end its current deals early. An industry source told Golf World that the tour’s exploratory initiative was driven by the lucrative USGA and R&A deals recently signed with Fox and NBC
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