NBC, Golf Channel Will Offer Simultaneously Coverage Of PGA Tour Event This Weekend
While NBC this weekend airs traditional live coverage of the third and final rounds of the PGA Tour Honda Classic from 3:00-6:00pm ET, Golf Channel will offer exclusive coverage of holes 15-17, known as the "Bear Trap" at PGA National. NBC Sports Group called the simultaneous coverage of the event a "first-of-its-kind experiment for golf" (THE DAILY). GOLFWEEK's Martin Kaufmann in the magazine's "Inside The Ropes" feature noted it is the latest example of the "synergy" between the two networks. Golf Channel will have "a separate production team in place at PGA National." Producer Glenn Savadski will have “dedicated graphics and a five-man announcing team calling the action from the booth and on the ground.” When the leaders reach No.15 on NBC’s Sunday coverage, Golf Channel “will cut to its ‘Golf Central’ news show.” This is “all part of a dry run for 2013 when the PGA Tour’s new nine-year television deal kicks in.” Aside from the complementary coverage by NBC and Golf Channel, fans next year can "expect to see expanded live tournament coverage on the Internet.” Kaufmann writes, “My hunch ... is that this will be a huge hit because it will give viewers what they really want: dedicated coverage of the most exciting holes or the most compelling playing groups” (GOLFWEEK, 3/2 issue).
MORE GRAPHICS PLEASE: Kaufmann in a separate piece notes NBC “has some cool graphics; I only wish it would use them more.” The net made its '12 PGA Tour debut last week with the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, and on "precious few occasions, NBC used its PinPoint graphic to illustrate the position of each player’s drive, along with a box listing the driving distance and distance to the pin.” Kaufmann: “I recall seeing it used only once Saturday.” Kaufmann also likes “the PinPoint technology that maps greens,” though that was "used sparingly” (GOLFWEEK, 3/2 issue).