Golf Channel gets Ryder Cup Friday coverage for first time as ESPN deal comes to an end
NBC’s 2006 trade of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to ESPN officially has run its course, as NBC Sports Group picked up the rights to Friday coverage of the Ryder Cup.
As part of the Oswald trade, ESPN carried the Ryder Cup’s Friday matches from 2006 to 2012. But this September, NBC-owned Golf Channel will step in and carry the Ryder Cup’s Friday coverage, marking the first time that network will carry the tournament.
All told, NBC is planning to produce 26.5 hours of live golf across NBC and Golf Channel from the Ryder Cup, which will be played in Scotland this September. Previously, NBC tape-delayed the event’s Saturday matches when they were held in Europe.
Golf Channel plans to re-air some of the early morning coverage, though it has not scheduled a time slot for it yet. The event also will be streamed to authenticated subscribers via NBC Sports Live Extra.
As for Oswald, the cartoon character lives on at Disney through a variety of video games and merchandise.