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Turner Using New Production Elements For Tiger-Phil Match

Turner is planning several production wrinkles for its upcoming PPV telecast of “Capital One’s The Match: Tiger vs. Phil.” It plans to use drone coverage, predictive data and near real-time wagering odds during the Nov. 23 match, which will be available for $19.99. “We're going to change the way golf is produced on air,” Turner President David Levy said. “Our coverage of this event will incorporate a number of innovations for live golf that will be unlike anything fans of this sport have experienced.” Turner is partnering with ShotLink Intelligence for an on-screen application that will forecast certain outcomes, suggesting which golfer has a better chance of winning a given hole. At the completion of a hole, MGM Resorts Race & Sports Books will provide odds and money lines, among other information, based on Woods and Mickelson’s performance. Other planned production elements include: Woods, Mickelson and their caddies will be miked throughout the event and Toptracer will show the flight path for each shot. Additionally, DirecTV will carry a 4K version of the match. The golfers will be making side bets -- described as “side challenges” by company lawyers -- during the telecast. Woods and Mickelson will donate money, which is expected to be as much as $100,000 per bet, to the winning golfer’s charity of choice. Bets will range from who gets closest to the pin to longest drives.