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Golf, More Golf: Nearly 50 Hours of Live TV for British Open

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 May 2016 23:03 Tuesday, 17 May 2016 20:05

Kevin ChappellCanadian Press

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Take the longest day in major championship golf and a network devoted exclusively to golf and the result is unprecedented coverage. NBC Sports and Golf Channel will combine to provide a record 49.5 hours of live coverage over four days from the British Open at Royal Troon.

“You go first tee shot all the way through to the raising of the claret jug,” said Mike McCarley, president of Golf for NBC Sports Group. “It will be either on Golf Channel or NBC the whole way through.”

NBC and Golf Channel picked up the British Open a year early from ESPN, and it gives the network a major after the USGA signed on with Fox. The Open will have 12 hours more than ESPN scheduled for last year.

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New Starters Announced for The Open

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 08:44 Tuesday, 26 April 2016 08:39

Matt Corker and David LancasterThe R&A has appointed two new starters for The Open, David Lancaster and Matt Corker, who will announce the players on the first tee at The 145th Open at Royal Troon.

David Lancaster will become The Open’s official starter, announcing the world’s best players as they begin their rounds on the historic Ayrshire links. Matt Corker will provide support during the several hours that Lancaster sends players off on each of the Championship days.

They will replace Ivor Robson, who retired at The 144th Open last year at St Andrews after serving as official starter for more than 40 years.

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The Open Brings £140M Benefit to Scotland

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 January 2016 22:39 Saturday, 23 January 2016 21:51

Nicola Sturgeon and Johnnie Cole-HamiltonThe study, commissioned by the R&A, shows spending by visitors to Scotland for the tournament generated £88 million – nearly double the £47.5 million in visitor impact achieved in 2010 when the event was last held at the Old Course.

A further £52 million in marketing benefit was realised thanks to the exposure gained by St Andrews and Scotland being broadcast to more than 500 million households worldwide, according to separate research carried out by Kantar Media Sport Intelligence.

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British Open to Move to NBC a Year Earlier, Starting in 2016

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 October 2015 08:47 Tuesday, 13 October 2015 08:43

altCanadian Press

NEW YORK, New York (AP) — British Open broadcasts on NBC will start a year early, debuting in 2016.

In June, NBC Sports Group announced a 12-year deal with the R&A for U.S. television coverage starting in 2017. ESPN was scheduled to air the tournament next July to complete an eight-year contract, but NBC said Monday it had negotiated with the R&A and ESPN to take over in ’16. The original agreement will still go through 2028.

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BBC Requests Release from Contract to Deliver Live Coverage for The Open 2016

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 October 2015 02:54 Thursday, 01 October 2015 02:49

altFollowing the BBC’s announcement, The R&A can confirm that it was approached in recent weeks by the BBC to discuss being released from its contract to provide live coverage of The 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon in 2016. After significant deliberation, The R&A has accepted the BBC’s proposal and agreed that the BBC be allowed to amend its broadcast arrangements for The Open 12 months early.

As a result of these discussions, The R&A approached Sky Sports to assess its willingness to broadcast The Open from 2016 rather than 2017. The R&A is grateful to Sky Sports for agreeing to commence live broadcasting of The Open a year early.

No additional revenue will be received by The R&A in 2016 as a result of this new arrangement.

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