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On sky channel 980 at the moment. If the story is true that they got the rights at the last minute then that excuses them slightly however the coverage is poor and the lack of proper advertising and rubbish time slot is shocking! :(

 

The Masters coverage is a lot better to be fair. On from 8pm and you get Andrew Cotter (who was at the athletics) and a bit more professional. This was a shambles.

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On sky channel 980 at the moment. If the story is true that they got the rights at the last minute then that excuses them slightly however the coverage is poor and the lack of proper advertising and rubbish time slot is shocking! :(

 

The Masters coverage is a lot better to be fair. On from 8pm and you get Andrew Cotter (who was at the athletics) and a bit more professional. This was a shambles.

 

Beeb had committed most of their sport budget to the coverage of the athletics including big production films about Bolt, Brendan Foster and Super Saturday from 2012 Olympics hence no slots on the major channels at peak viewing. Agree the commentary was poor...it was obvious that the commentators were sat round a TV commentating on what they were watching with no back up team and poor old Peter has had his day.

 

Heaven knows what we'll do next year...word is that BT will have the Masters and Sky are not flavour of the month with the USGA and will lose the US Open as well leaving them with just the Open out of the majors.

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Just when they launch their latest money grabbing dedicated golf channel!

 

(Please don't let the masters go to BT.. )

 

To be fair to Sky the new golf channel is actually the opposite of money grabbing - it means if you just want to watch Golf, you don't have to pay for Football, Cricket etc etc. I was tempted to lower my subscription and just have the Golf, but I tend to watch Footbal and F1 as well, so staying where I am.

 

But the weekend's coverage just showed why Sky is worth the extra. Jesus the BBC's coverage was chronic. Never mind the fact the commentators were clearly stuck in a broom cupboard in London - half the time they didn't even seem to be watching the same event as us. I remember just after JT chipped in, next player up was Hideki, and the tedious Northern Irish woman they found to keep Alliss out of trouble, stated that Hideki would have heard the roars from JT's chip and not known where they were coming from.

 

Apart from the fact that Hideki was in the same group as JT, and was standing about 20 feet away when the chip dropped - no, he wouldn't have had a clue.

 

Sadly golf coverage went back about 30 years at the weekend - we've gone from the Sky booth set up at the practice ground at Birkdale with some insight from the pros, to Peter Alliss wittering on about begunias and some bloke he met at a random golf club 40 years ago.

 

Could be worse though - judging by their football coverage, they could have given it to BT Sport....

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Even with the dedicated Golf channel and the not having to pay for other sports....it's too expensive(for me).

 

I was so glad to see the PGA on the bbc but man the coverage was pants........ ok so they had to take a feed (TNT?) and commentate on that but there were so many mistakes made and the whole team is just so past it........sport has moved on from the cozy fireside chat style of broadcasting. THe only one I would keep is the new Anchor whose name I cannot spell or pronounce ...

 

. James....miserable,dour always seems to wish he was somewhere else....

Allis ...... just go

MAureen Mcwhatever, Really awful just states the bleedin' obvious.

KEN is just about tolerable but needs to drop the jolly uncle routine......it grates

Etc.etc......

 

And as for that traj tracer....... it was about as accurate as one of my drives......

 

Really need huge changes for next year......if the Beeb are going to continue to hide golf behind the red button that only enthusiasts will bother to seek out, then They need to get rid of this idea of catering for the masses and get rid of all the current broadcast team.

 

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Cringeworthy stuff from the BBC....was like back in time to 1992 with their lame, unprofessional and error strewn coverage.

 

Amateur hour broadcasting that won't be winning any BAFTA's anytime soon........

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Just when they launch their latest money grabbing dedicated golf channel!

 

(Please don't let the masters go to BT.. ��)

 

.....I remember just after JT chipped in, next player up was Hideki, and the tedious Northern Irish woman they found to keep Alliss out of trouble, stated that Hideki would have heard the roars from JT's chip and not known where they were coming from.

 

Apart from the fact that Hideki was in the same group as JT, and was standing about 20 feet away when the chip dropped - no, he wouldn't have had a clue.

 

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Hehehe. I was screaming at the telly: "He's in the same f*****g group as JT you muppets!!!!!"

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Sky Sports golf channel is good for golf fans, you pay for the subscription and you get everything (or at least you used to) with people dedicated to the craft of producing golf television.

 

The problem is if you're not a hardcore fan and you can take it or leave. If it's inconvenient or expensive you leave it, which is why good golf coverage on the BBC is important. But in an ideal world, there would be the current Masters schedule where it's on BBC and Sky at the weekend, pandering to both audiences.

 

If the Masters goes exclusively to BT Sport, then that alienates both hardcore golf fans and casuals. Nothing really good to come out of that.

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BBC coverage of the Golf! Great, so we'll have Peter Allis talking about seagulls whilst Jordan Spieth putts and Ken Brown chasing after a rubber duck.

 

It's great that it's available to watch in the UK the BBC coverage of Golf is beyond woeful.

 

woeful, really? when they had the open they had uninterrupted coverage for 8 hours a day, some of the commentators may be past there prime but woeful it definitely isn't.

 

In recent years they did. Going back to the 70's in the days of the Saturday finish we had 2 hours of evening highlights Wednesday, Thursday and Friday then on Saturday we had coverage from midday interrupted by horse racing every half hour. It wasn't til more recently that the Beeb had to up its game to compete with Sky that the on air time dramatically improved.

 

During this weekend's coverage it was noticeable that they still couldn't follow the ball properly and that they have a deep mistrust of technology, their doubt abvout Trackman for example.

 

Allis was my favourite ever commentator but about 5 years ago it was as though he decided to start going out of his way to pretend he didn't know anything about modern players' equipment, techniques or anything else that had come along during the last twenty years.

 

Having said all that nothing compares to Mark James' dry sense of humour.

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