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The Refund: Bleacher Report, cable providers to give viewers money back for The Match

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Viewers who shelled out $19.99 to watch The Match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will be getting their money back. Bleacher Report, Comcast, Spectrum, and other providers have all confirmed they will issue refunds.

Comcast was the first to give to act, issuing a statement late Friday

“Comcast will proactively issue a $19.99 credit to any Xfinity TV customer who purchased ‘The Match’ pay-per-view event. We hope Turner and Bleacher Report will do the same given that the event was made available by them for free on The Bleacher Report website,”

Owing to a glitch in the purchasing mechanism prior to tee off, Bleacher Report elected to make the pay-per-view event, well, not pay-per-view, removing the paywall on B/R Live, thus allowing streaming users to watch the event for free. Those who did purchase the event ahead of time will receive a refund.

In a statement, per ESPN’s Darren Rovell, a Turner representative explained the decision

“We decided to take down the paywall to ensure that fans who already purchased the event would not miss any action. This did not impact the live streaming of the competition and fans were treated to an event that was both engaging and memorable. Unfortunately, the prematch technical issue did occur, and we will offer fans who purchased the event on B/R Live a refund.”

According to USA Today, AT&T, the parent of DirecTV and U-Verse, Cox, and Dish/Sling will issue refunds/credits as well.

It’s unclear, as of Saturday night, if any providers are yet to give viewers their money back. However, it seems reasonable to assume that all will do so.

Nicholas Masafumi Watanabe, a sport and entertainment management professor at the University of South Carolina, told A.J. Perez of USA Today the event needed around 700,000 buys at the $19.99 price point to break even.

 

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  1. Keto 500 Diet

    Mar 7, 2019 at 7:02 pm

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  2. Patch Adams

    Dec 19, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    How can I rewatch the Match? Does anyone have a source?

  3. Nihonsei

    Nov 26, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    To boot, every pick I made did not register hole to hole. The rules stated 60 seconds to make a pick upon completion of previous hole. I had 18 red boxes and gave up after the 19th. Pissed and pissed away money. Refund welcome here!

  4. Jack Nash

    Nov 26, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    The Sporting version of Al Capone’s Vault. 2 mega flops on tv.

  5. JThunder

    Nov 25, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    Wow, just absolutely an epic fail on all counts.

    If you needed proof that millionaires and corporate conglomerates are NOT as smart as they keep telling you they are.

    Can’t get a simple match on PPV without crashing, and the whole hyped thing ends on a pitch-n-putt par 3.

    Everyone involved should be fired and all money involved be given to charity. Or will the two proud California patriots pocket the unneeded cash while their state burns and people die?

  6. Charkle Barkles

    Nov 25, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    Cost ’em $100’s of dollars? Ha, that’s generous! You mean, like $80!! Worst clown car show since the snake oil salesmen of the 1800’s!
    Well done guys, well done. Way to bring more questionable credibility to two enititled nincompoops living above the law! Between the D.U.I. nonsense, tax dodging, womanizing, car wrecking, scandalous behavior goin’ on…………I mean, I’m just sick of both ‘o deez jokers!! Please get the other robot into the “I’m still active Golf Hall Of Shame…..errrrrrrr Hall Of Infamy……….errrrr, I mean Hall Of Flames!” Please admit ‘im, so we can go on with our lives and keep an eye out for someone NEW!!!!! PLEASE!!!

  7. Nutted One 240 Down The Middle

    Nov 25, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    I think this thing went down as a bigger flop than the WRX community orig. predicted

  8. Johnny Penso

    Nov 25, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    “Oh crap, we have a technical glitch. Only 156 people have purchased the pay per view and we go live in two hours. What do we do?”

    “I have an idea….”

  9. Brian McGranahan

    Nov 25, 2018 at 8:37 am

    This is going to cost them hundreds of dollars!

  10. larrybud

    Nov 25, 2018 at 5:56 am

    This means that they had about 100 paid subscribers and don’t want to give those details, right?

    • NormW

      Nov 26, 2018 at 2:32 pm

      Yes! “Needed 700,000”. Yet to state how many they got. Speak-up Media and Golf Channel suck-ups.

  11. Tom

    Nov 25, 2018 at 3:22 am

    If you aren’t playing with your own money, it should be called ‘The Sham’ not ‘The Match’

  12. James

    Nov 24, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    I’ll pay for the next one if I know I’m getting my money back. Now, Phil needs to return money to Tiger.

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Schedule postponements and cancellations on the PGA Tour, European Tour plus the four majors: What we know so far

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With the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the PGA Tour and European Tour have taken steps to cancel or postpone several events. Action has also been taken on some of golf’s major championships, and here we’ll summarize what decisions have been made so far altering the 2020 calendar.

The Majors

Both The Masters (April 9-12) and PGA Championship (May 14-17) have been officially postponed with hopes of rescheduling both events for later in the year. According to the NY Post, the US Open is also set to be postponed and rescheduled for “later in the summer”, though as of Tuesday, March 31 the USGA has made no formal announcement confirming this news.

The R&A has of yet made no announcement on this year’s Open Championship which is due to take place from 16-19 of July.

  • April 9-12: The Masters – Postponed
  • May 14-17: PGA Championship – Postponed
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PGA Tour

Since cancelling the Players Championship mid-event, the PGA Tour decided to cancel several subsequent tournaments. As of now, the earliest return date for the PGA Tour is May 21 at the Charles Schwab Challenge.

The Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship which is played the same week as the WGC-Match Play was postponed with plans to reschedule the event.

  • March 12-15: The Players Championship – Cancelled
  • March 19-22: Valspar Championship – Cancelled
  • April 16-19: RBC Heritage – Cancelled
  • April 23-26: Zurich Classic of New Orleans – Cancelled
  • April 30-May 3: Wells Fargo Championship – Cancelled
  • May 7-10: AT&T Byron Nelson – Cancelled

European Tour

Along with the cancelled WGC-Match Play and confirmed postponed major championships, the European Tour has postponed a further seven events. Unlike the PGA Tour, the European Tour has chosen to postpone almost every upcoming event for the time being instead of cancelling. The GolfSixes Cascais is the only confirmed cancellation as of now.

On Monday, the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open became the latest tournament to be postponed meaning the earliest possible return date for action on the European Tour is now June 4 at the Trophee Hassan II.

  • March 12-15: Magical Kenya Open – Postponed
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  • May 9-10: GolfSixes Cascais – Cancelled
  • May 21-24: Made in Denmark – Postponed
  • May 28-31: Irish Open – Postponed
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The PGA Tour has announced plans to compensate both players and caddies after several Tour events were cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

In a memo sent to players on Friday, it was explained that due to IRS regulations, the Tour is not allowed distribute un-earned financial benefits to members, but that the organization has developed some programs to help its players during the ongoing pandemic. Players and caddies will receive financial assistance from the PGA Tour with one of the primary programs to help players based on their current FedEx Cup standing.

Players can receive up to $100,000 in bonus earnings during this period which will subsequently be removed from their season-ending bonus after play has been restarted.

Tour pros will also be entitled to request advance payments (up to $30k) for future Monday pro-am spots and advances on future earnings, while the Tour also plans on allowing players to withdraw funds from their retirement plans based on financial need.

“Playing opportunities equate to financial opportunities, and we are concerned about the toll that canceled tournaments are having on some of our members” – Tyler Dennis, a senior vice president and the Tour’s chief of operations.

Included in the memo were caddies, who are entitled to a partial mid-season distribution of an endorsement program and who can also request financial support from the Caddie Benevolent Fund.

Play is not set to resume on the PGA Tour until May 21 at the earliest.

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GolfWRX AUA (Ask Us Anything): TaylorMade fitters are answering YOUR questions!

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With the downtime, #teamtaylormade are ready to talk golf!

Go to the link below to ask any TM specific questions you may have. TaylorMade fitters from across the US will be diving in the forums to answer questions, talk golf and get you dialed. Take this opportunity to go TM crazy.

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