SBD/Issue 208/Sports Media
ABC's British Open Coverage Hampered By Simulcast Of BBC Feed
Published July 17, 2009
|Watson Scheduled To Join ABC's Coverage
This Weekend But Will Be Playing Instead
FIRST-DAY JITTERS? In N.Y., Phil Mushnick writes TNT, in its last year covering the tournament, "did whatever it took -- interviews, old tape, British Open come-on promos, features, extended on-camera chats among commentators -- to show as little live golf as possible" during Thursday's first round. The net at one point "abandoned live coverage ... for a rambling 4 1/2 minute interview with Stewart Cink, then went to a panoramic shot, next showed three live shots, then to more scenery, then to commercials" (N.Y. POST, 7/17).
IN THE BOOTH: YAHOO SPORTS' Chris Chase wrote Weiskopf joined TNT's coverage Thursday and showed "some rust ... particularly when it was left on him to do play-by-play." However, Weiskopf, who was an analyst for CBS from '85-95, "shined when called on for analysis." While he sometimes "faded into the background, his simple analysis and insight into playing links golf was a welcome change from the sometimes-loquacious" Ian Baker-Finch (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 7/16).
TRACKING TIGER: ABC’s Mike Tirico, who will serve as the net's main play-by-play announcer during the British Open, discussed the topic that Tiger Woods is covered too much by U.S. broadcasters and said, "You’re easily watching the best thing that we’ve seen since Jack Nicklaus in golf. So we’d be morons, idiots, and we wouldn’t be doing a very good job as business people if we didn’t show you Tiger. For many years, a lot of you listening watched Tiger play more than you watched anybody else” (“The Scott Van Pelt Show,” ESPN2, 7/16).