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The ratings have spoken. 2nd worse ratings in US Open history. Azinger, Buck and Faxon combined with a horribly boring venue = time for the USGA to rethink some things. I would love to know the backgrounds of the decision makers of the USGA. They clearly know very little about their respective audience. Yes, the coverage was completely unbearable.

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The ratings have spoken. 2nd worse ratings in US Open history. Azinger, Buck and Faxon combined with a horribly boring venue = time for the USGA to rethink some things. I would love to know the backgrounds of the decision makers of the USGA. They clearly know very little about their respective audience. Yes, the coverage was completely unbearable.

 

Yeah, lots of big names were absent from the leaderboard making the casual viewers tune out. Coupled with the fact that they had a very nice streaming presence I'm not surprised ratings were lower than usual. TV ratings can go behind the shed and get ol yellered anytime now.

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51 minutes ago, masegolf1978 said:

I loathe “playing through.”


It is literally worse than full commercials.  At least, in days long gone by, if something happened during commercial break, the network would show a replay.  Nope, not now if it happened during playing through. Forget that that screen is 25% normal size and there is no audio (I once heard an announcer refer the audience to a player/caddie conversation that they never heard because is was during Playing Through).

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36 minutes ago, masegolf1978 said:

I loathe “playing through.”

 

does Verizon really think I’m going to change my phone service because some idiot is talking while I’m trying to watch golf?

Agree. I’m making a list of the companies that advertise during playing through. I vow to never buy anything from them !  I’d rather have full commercials. I don’t watch playing through. Full commercials i can fast forward through. Now I have to wonder what I missed on playing through.  Hate it! 

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28 minutes ago, bladehunter said:

Agree. I’m making a list of the companies that advertise during playing through. I vow to never buy anything from them !  I’d rather have full commercials. I don’t watch playing through. Full commercials i can fast forward through. Now I have to wonder what I missed on playing through.  Hate it! 

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There are at least 3 distinct coverage teams: early in the day with Sands as anchor, then midday with Terry Gannon anchoring, and finally the NBC main team with Hicks, Azinger, Feherty & co. I actually like the Gannon/Byrum team best although it rotates Faldo and Leonard as analysts. But they are really no worse than Azinger.

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This thread was predictable. 

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On 6/15/2017 at 5:08 AM, BeerPerHole said:

Don't get me wrong. I love the parts when they show how difficult the course is set up. But, the endless pontification back and forth - one opinion this, another opinion that...has gotten pretty bad. If they drop it down to the occasional insult they'll be getting into ESPN-style douchebaggary. Will enjoy watching the pros play this course with the volume off with a cold one. Thanks to the recent poster here who pointed out that by selecting Spanish before the weekend we can just hear the birds, blimp and crowd...

You hate the bolded parts and yet spend time here on wrx?  At least they guys on the tube have been there done that credentials….the rest of us just think we know better LOL.🤣

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I must say, the early coverage is better than the late.  A lot more full shots, tee shots, seemingly less playing through and putting.

 

however, rest assured, I will begin complaining again later!

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The golf's alright, but the endless adverts for erectile dysfunction treatments and the voiceover artist on the PXG adverts that we're forced to endure every ten minutes in the UK have me wanting to kick the TV screen in.

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Any minute I don't have to listen to Faldo, it's a good minute.

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I like 'Zinger, but the Flounder-esque - "this is great"! (Painful)

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