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REVIEWS FOR THE RYDER CUP -- A GOLF PURIST'S DREAM?
Published September 26, 1995
Reviews are in for NBC's handling of the Ryder Cup. In New York, Richard Sandomir calls the event "the perfect televised golf tournament" and says "NBC's production usually captured its essence." He does note, however, that NBC's on-course reporters "faltered in some of their interview work" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/26). In Boston (where NBC got its top rating -- a 7.3 overall), Jack Craig writes, "Blessed are the announcers who say little and shun adjectives, and that was the case in spades for all of the Ryder Cup telecasts" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/26). GOLF DIGEST Senior Editor Peter McCleery, in a piece carried on The Microsoft Network, writes that NBC Producer Tommy Roy "basically needed to show more golf and eliminate some of the fluff." McCleery also was critical of NBC's interviewers, writing, "Too bad [SI's Rick] Reilly can't stick around to do interviews of players, because NBC's other crew members are hopeless" (The Microsoft Network). Jimmy Roberts: "It was three days of pure sport, with hardly a logo to be found" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 9/25).