Golf Dino, on 22 May 2018 - 12:11 PM, said:
Stooch, on 22 May 2018 - 11:21 AM, said:
I'm going with Nelly this week, She was pretty bad at the Kingsmill and I expect a strong bounce back, plus she was done Friday and knew she was done, so she'll probably be well rested and focused
I also can't wait for the US Open, 5 hours of coverage each day and A "featured group" streamed in the morning. It still boggles the mind why Whan and the LPGA don't produce their own content and are held hostage and considered 2nd class citizens by Golf Channel. Oh well!
I'm not sure that the LPGA can afford the costs of producing their own content. It is one thing if you are NBC/Golf Channel in which it is just a marginal cost to produce content rather than a complete start up and sole production company. Even if they could, how would they distribute it? Golf Channel does not have much free airtime to dedicate it to the LPGA and the original problem still exists -- do you choose to air the LPGA event as opposed to the PGA Tour or even the Champions Tour events?
It does make some sense from a viewer's perspective and especially if the LPGA could enter into some agreements with specialty channels such as ESPN (US) or TSN (Canada), etc. but, there is still the question of whether or not that is more attractive vis a vis potential viewership/audience share than the NBC/Golf Channel.
Some pointed "criticisms" of the LPGA production company, so perhaps a potential solution is to have the LPGA partner with someone such as the Korean channel(s) that produce events for their domestic market or even with the Golf Channel and have the rights to distribute the "product" to multiple distributors and allow the Golf Channel "exclusive" rights to key events such as the 4 Majors? Oops ... the 5 majors!
The LPGA has distribution deals in the countries listed below:
Pan Asia1 Fox Sports Asia
Australia Fox Sports Australia
Belgium/Netherlands Telnet/Ziggo Sport
Canada Golf Channel
France Golf Channel
Japan Abema TV
Korea JTBC Golf
Latin America3 DirecTV/Golf Channel
Malaysia4 Astro SuperSport
Middle East5 OSN
New Zealand Sky
Portugal Sport TV
South Africa7 SuperSport
United Kingdom9 BSkyB
(Ex) Yugoslavia10 IKO
Edited by DavePelz4, 22 May 2018 - 12:18 PM.