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TV Timeout: Placing A Limit On Fan Interaction

John Feinstein said of golf fans calling in rules violations during PGA Tour events, "I hope the resolution is not that we go away from being able to use video aides to help us have the game adjudicated properly. ... If the Tour does not want callers involved, and I know the players don’t, they resent it. Brandt Snedeker said a few months ago, 'It’s almost as if they don’t trust us.'" You do want to get the calls right. What the Tour needs to do is put one of the rules officials, every day, into the truck, full-time so they can watch everything that every viewer can see on TV with a professional eye and if they see something that they think is the least bit off, they can look at it on replay, they can slow it down in HD, then make a decision" (“Morning Drive,” Golf Channel, 9/19).

TIGER STYLE: So what does the world's most famous golfer think of the situation? Tiger Woods said, "There are certainly a lot more viewer call ins and that’s what people don’t realize, is that our rules staff gets quite a few calls every week. A lot of them never see the light of day. It’s a new age in which there’s a lot of cameras that are around my group and then some of the top players. We’re going to have to have more discussion about it in the future and I think that’s actually happening right now” (“Golf Central,” Golf Channel, 9/18).

ANY RAY OF HOPE? ESPN's Buster Olney said of Rays P David Price tweeting his displeasure about the Rays' attendance woes during their push for the postseason: "It's a really, really bad idea for any member of an organization or media to criticize people for not going to games. People are allowed to spend their money the way they want to spend their money. They're not obligated to hand dollars over to any business." Olney: "The location of the ballpark is something that chases the fans away and the ballpark itself is kind of a mess" ("Baseball Tonight,", 9/18).

HOLLYWOOD TYPE: CBSSN’s Doug Gottlieb, on the potential of an NFL team moving to the City of Angels: “The only downside to a pro team in L.A., you have to watch them on TV so if they’re bad, you're stuck. It’s one of the great things about living in L.A., you always get the good football games because there’s no home team in your market” (“Lead Off,” CBS Sports Network, 9/18).

SUPER STUBS: SNY's Marc Malusis said regular fans may have a better chance of attending this year's Super Bowl because "there are people that just don't want to go to a cold-weather Super Bowl. ... The NFL is smart. They're trying to minimize the separation between the price on the ticket and the market price for people selling them as scalpers" ("Daily News Live," SNY, 9/18).
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