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SBD/August 29, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem Says Interest Remains In Working With Euro Tour
Published August 29, 2013
SLY LIKE A FOX? Meanwhile, Finchem said that Fox' news deal with the USGA is "good for the tour over the long run." Finchem: "There are positives -- a few negatives, but there are positives. To have companies invested in the sport in any way results in more focus on the sport from those broadcast companies." He said the PGA Tour has spoken to Fox "a number of times" in the last 10-15 years. Finchem: "We just never got to an arrangement, but we know they have an interest. We had serious, robust conversations in the middle of two of the negotiations in the last three. One of the main issues with them is scheduling. I mean, they have a lot of baseball. They have a lot of NASCAR. ... We really like our two-network arrangement right now, anyways." Finchem said golf on Fox will be "a work in progress." He added of Greg Norman possibly working as a U.S. Open analyst on Fox, "I don't think he has the interest in doing it, but I think he would be good at television" (AP, 8/28).
LET'S MAKE A DEAL: GOLFCHANNEL.com's Sobel wrote it appears Finchem "isn't overly optimistic about soon finding a title sponsor" for the Tampa Bay Championship in the '13-14 season. Finchem "admitted the Tour is still efforting its search." He said of a rumor that the Tour has a Sept. 1 deadline with the event, "I don't think I want to confirm any deadlines. We're making progress in talking about Tampa" (GOLFCHANNEL.com, 8/28).