Only golf cannot get its major events covered in a major TV way: PGA Championship at Baltusrol just the latest joke
You can watch every NFL preseason game. You can buy a package that lets you catch every second of every blowout NCAA Tournament first-round game. When the World Cup is waged next June, you will be to see every game from Germany live - in the U.S., where soccer ratings rank just above log rolling. On a good week for soccer.
Heck, you can see the Nathan’s Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Competition every 4th of July in all its gooey, gory detail.
But we cannot watch Phil Mickelson shoot a 65 live on the second day of one of golf’s four majors? For the love of the Good Guy Gagger what is going on?
This is an old complaint, but it’s worth repeating. Golf is run by morons. There’s no reason a minute of any major should be played without live TV coverage. The fact that all of the golf’s ruling bodies and various interest touters allowed the PGA Championship’s TV coverage to start at 1 p.m. EST on the first two days at Baltusrol reeks of the kind of thinking usually found in the NHL offices.
This is one of your biggest events of the year (allegedly) and you cannot find a station willing to show the morning live? Tell TNT if it doesn’t want to interrupt it’s Law & Order/ER marathon, you’re giving the rights to the Golf Channel for a $1 a year.
Sure, it was great drama seeing Tiger Woods plop one into the lake on that par 3 and then somehow right himself long enough to shoot 3 under on the back nine and eke to the weekend. But it would have been just as compelling to see Mickelson getting creative again, going for things, giving himself a great chance to choke on Sunday.
As it happened. Why is golf the only major sport that cannot get this?
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sincerely a very discussed fan.
Blame the viewers.
If sports in Europe are truly about the sport, why is it that Euro athletes are covered from head to toe with endorsements? Seriously. Watch a hockey or football match. There's not a centimeter of their bodies that hasn't been sold to the highest bidder. It's not uncommon for a player's uniform to sport the name/logo of a sponsor in letters MUCH bigger than that of the actual team name.
It must really warm fans' hearts every time ole Opel/Sansung/Nokia/Amstel/Bayer/VW/Delvita/Sony/Erikson scores a goal!
I agree with Hoyt...pack your bags and head back across the pond if you're dissatisfied with American sports...
Soccer, unfortunately, is an idiots paradise...the players dream of being Marodonna or Pele and the fans believe the World Cup trophy makes their pathetic little countries important.
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