GOLFWEEK's Martin Kaufmann wrote the PGA Championship this year "finally started to look like a 21st-century production," as CBS was "much more aggressive" about using shot tracers during the telecast. It was a "great development," as "liberal use of tracers, from tees and fairways, is the biggest advance we've seen in the presentation of golf over the past five years." With a "few notable exceptions, CBS made good use of that technology." But "don’t expect to see it every week." While CBS "took some positive steps at this year's PGA, it's other major, the Masters, still looks like something out of the 1980s." That dichotomy will be "particularly striking" in '19, when CBS "will air the Masters and PGA in consecutive months" (GOLFWEEK.com, 8/14).
NATION BUILDING: Tennis Channel signed a multiyear deal to air the Laver Cup, which debuts next month and features the best players from Europe against the best from the rest of the world over three days of competition in singles and doubles. The inaugural edition is Sept. 22-24 in Prague, Czech Republic, while next year's event is in the U.S. (Tennis Channel).
ICE QUEEN: NESN named Flyers and NYCFC in-venue host Alex Kraemer a Bruins rinkside reporter. Kraemer will also serve as a reporter/host and deliver regular reports for "NESN Sports Today," "NESN Sports Update" and "NESN Live" (NESN).