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SBD/June 12, 2014/Media
NBC Sports Group Promises To Keep Focus On Golf During Final U.S. Open Production
Published June 12, 2014
MILLER TIME: SI's Alan Shipnuck wrote he is "genuinely bummed" that this will be the last U.S. Open NBC's Johnny Miller calls, as he has "made us much smarter fans." Miller is an "obsessive preparer," who, during tournament weeks, "spends as much time on the putting surfaces as any caddie." His style "isn't for everybody," as he is like the "cranky old uncle who is likely to break up a dinner party with his blunt observations." But golf, "especially the U.S. Open, won't be the same without him." Miller is under contract with NBC through '15, and it is a "no-brainer to have him welcome the sport back to the Olympics" in '16. But this week "is the beginning of the long goodbye" (SI GOLF+, 6/9 issue).
CANDID CAMERAS: USA TODAY's Steve DiMeglio notes there will be 57 cameras at Pinehurst, including "many that will capture play in super slow motion, and action cams along the right side of the 18th green, to the left of the first tee and over the clubhouse." On the ground, there "will be multiple point of-view cameras, including some in bunkers." One camera "will be locked on the Payne Stewart statue by the 18th green, which is a gathering place for spectators." Multiple cameras with 3D "pinpoint capabilities will be situated near the greens to capture from all angles the undulation challenges the players will face." Because the U.S. Women's Open "comes the week after the men's, flyovers of each hole will indicate which tee box the women will use" (USA TODAY, 6/12).
NOT JUMPING THE SHARK: GOLF DIGEST's Sam Weinman wrote though Fox golf analyst Greg Norman "will be leaning" on Joe Buck and Fox Coordinating Producer for Golf Mark Loomis to "learn some of the intricacies of broadcasting, he said he hasn't sought out advice from other golfers who have dabbled in the booth." Norman: "You've got to have your own approach. Obviously there are certain things Fox likes us to do, the message and the mannerisms we're trying to convey. It's about having fun out there. I had a lot of fun playing the game and I will have a lot of fun commentating" (GOLFDIGEST.com, 6/11).