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NBC Criticized For Tape-Delaying Final Day Of Presidents Cup Matches
Published October 7, 2013
WOULD THIS HAPPEND WITH RYDER CUP? Golf Magazine's Joe Passov in GOLF.com's weekly roundtable said of NBC tape-delaying the coverage, "It strikes me as bush league. If the Presidents Cup were truly the stature of the Ryder Cup, it all would have been live, regardless of weather woes wreaking havoc on scheduling." SI's Mike Walker said, "NBC Sports let the PGA Tour down. ... NBC Sports refused to show the event live. They don't deserve to have the U.S. Open." SI's Jeff Ritter: "It made it feel like a run-of-the-mill Tour event, which is unfortunate. But Golf Magazine's Josh Sens said, "From a fan's perspective, I'm not sure it's such a bad thing. It allows for a crisper broadcast of an event that would have a lot of agonizing lulls if it were shown live." SI's Gary Van Sickle: "NBC didn't have a choice. ... Does anybody remember which Tour events were shown tape-delayed after the fact?" (GOLF.com, 10/6). YAHOO SPORTS' Brian Murphy wrote, "Don't want to say the 2013 President's Cup was anticlimactic, but getting a text alert on your smart phone Sunday afternoon that informs you Team USA won the Cup when Tiger Woods defeated Richard Sterne, 1-up -- while on your TV, Tiger Woods lined up a putt on the 12th hole -- was, shall we say, excitement-deficient" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 10/6).
JOB WELL DONE: GOLFWEEK's Martin Kaufmann wrote the more he hears on-course reporter Notah Begay III on NBC's golf coverage, the "more I’m convinced that I sold him short" when he was added to the net's crew. Begay has "really taken to his role with NBC." Begay "doesn’t seem to make mistakes, and he keeps his comments concise -- not always the case with guys who haven’t done the job for long." He also has a "voice that’s easy to listen to," which is an "important asset." Kaufmann: "I suspect he might be doing TV work for a long time. Somewhere down the road, I could even envision him occasionally getting some action in the 18th tower as a lead analyst for Golf Channel or NBC" (GOLFWEEK.com, 10/5).