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BBC Acquires Live Broadcast Rights To U.S. PGA Championship In Multi-Year Deal

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 20 / 17

The BBC acquired the live broadcast rights to the U.S. PGA Championship in a "shock move that represents a seismic shift for the sport dominated by Sky's coverage," according to Tony Connelly of THE DRUM. All four days of August's tournament at Quail Hollow Club in North Carolina will now be shown l...

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02/10/17
Broadcasters Slam Gambling Ad Ban

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02/09/17
German Cup Draws Close To 7 Million

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