ESPN + to offer four streaming streams in new PGA Tour deal
KAPALUA, Hawaii – Kapalua is busier than ever to start the New Year, a development that goes beyond Hawaii’s largest field for winners or even fans returning to the Plantation Course.
ESPN + begins its nine-year digital rights deal with the PGA Tour during the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
âPGA Tour Live on ESPN +â features live coverage on four simultaneous streams from the four tours, adding more than 3,200 new live broadcast hours and a total of over 4,300 exclusive hours across 35 tournaments.
âWhat fans are going to see is more than tripling, almost quadruple the number of hours of coverage to choose from based on four new streams,â said Chris Wandell, vice president of media business development at PGA Tour.
ESPN + launched in April 2018 – the first round of RBC Heritage was the first event broadcast on the service – and now has more than 17 million subscribers.
Viewers will get a better deal at $ 6.99 per month, compared to $ 9.99 per month on NBC Sports Gold and Amazon Prime, and many more options.
The biggest change is the menu.
Both bands featured will be on one of the ESPN + channels. A second channel will be devoted to the “brand group” which will be determined at each tournament (hint: if Tiger Woods returns this year, he will probably be in this group). This channel will show each shot of each player.
A third channel will be dedicated to star holes, mainly par 3 or other pivot holes, such as the 10th at Riviera, the 17th at TPC Scottsdale or perhaps the 12th hole accessible by par 4 at TPC Sawgrass.
âEvery player that passesâ¦ you’ll see him play at least four holes,â Wandell said.
The other channel will be considered the main stream, a collection of videos pulled together from all the other channels. It would essentially be a traditional presentation.
âIt’s a lot more content on one stream taking advantage of clips that are cut from each of the other three streams,â Wandell said. “So it will be a producer on a chair that bounces between group one, group two, group three and one of the four holes, to effectively create this really compelling channel for ESPN + users.”
John Lasker, vice president of digital media programming for ESPN, believes it will be the most engaged stream of the four channels based on what ESPN has learned from the last two PGA Championships. He said it would be the most comparable to what viewers will see from the network’s coverage in the afternoon.
âIt feels more traditional to the fan,â Lasker said. “It has a wider reach, lets you get more golf shots, telling the story of the whole tournament.”
More content will require 16 cameras across the course and a talented 15-person team calling up plans on four separate channels. The weekly production team, on site and remotely, goes from around 85 people to more than 210.
In addition to more content, ESPN’s participation will result in a greater presence of the PGA Tour in flagship shows on linear channels, such as “SportsCenter”. And it might not end there. Lasker was asked if there are any plans to create a docuseries, similar to Tom Brady’s.
âWe don’t have anything specific on the ESPN side at the moment,â Lasker said. âBut again, this is a nine-year partnership. I would be surprised if we don’t invest in some complementary, solid or original content focused on the PGA Tour over time.
Phil Mickelson wasted no time in sharing the good news when he tweeted last week that he was the winner of the Player Impact Program and its $ 8 million prize.
He also revealed that this was what prompted him to compete in the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Kapalua for the first time in 21 years. Part of the deal is for the PIP winner to play a tournament they haven’t participated in for some time, or a tournament agreed to with the tour.
The tour said the price was not yet official as it needed to be confirmed, although a tour official said early screenings showed Tiger Woods was too late in the PNC Championship to catch up with Mickelson.
Considering the metrics – internet searches, media mentions, social media reach, TV ratings and Q score – the result shouldn’t have been surprising.
Woods made the news during his car crash in February, then, with the exception of an interview with media partner Discovery, he did not make the news until the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. press and shooting sessions) and playing with 12- year-old son Charlie in the PNC Championship.
Perhaps the power of Woods’ lure is that with so little time in the news, he still finished second.
Nelly Korda begins the new year in first place in the women’s world ranking. This is his 26th week at the top of the rankings, the most American players. She had been linked with Stacy Lewis. The record is 158 weeks at No. 1 by Lorena Ochoa. â¦ Sam Burns kicks off the new year by entering the top 10 for the first time using the two-year rolling formula. â¦ Tony Finau, Patrick Reed and Matthew Wolff are among the latest to sign up to play in the Saudi international. To get PGA Tour outings, they must agree to play the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at least once in the next three years.