Thursday, July 17, 2008

It's Official: Pres Cup to Golf Channel

Announced today by the Tour, it is something we've known for weeks now thanks to Jon Show over at the Sports Business Daily/Journal. Just wanted to pass along that it is a done deal.

The Golf Channel has been acquiring a lot of rights lately to the disparate events with which it does not already have a broadcasting relationship - Pres Cup, Senior PGA Championship are among them.

The big questions lie in their ability to gain access to the majors, particularly the Open Championship and the PGA Championship. The early round contracts for both are currently Turner properties. Could Golf Channel have the swag to get them when they expire in the next few seasons? Or, will ESPN continue its evolution as the home for early round major coverage?

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