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It is way cheaper to produce 4 guys talking at each other on a set than a golf tournament spread over 18 holes and umpteen acres of ground.  If the eyes on the product are roughly the same then the ad revenue is roughly the same.  It becomes an equation of how much profit (or how little loss) can be made.

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44 minutes ago, Scooby555 said:

I rarely watch GolfChannel anymore.  To me it's like when SpeedVision turned into Speed Channel(Nascar Channel).  Had lots of interesting motorsports from all over the world.  Got bought out and became the corporate Nascar channel and all the cool stuff went away. 😞

I only watch Golf Channel if Rory or Brooke Henderson are playing.  Pretty soon I'm going to give up my cable box.

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46 minutes ago, smashdn said:

It is way cheaper to produce 4 guys talking at each other on a set than a golf tournament spread over 18 holes and umpteen acres of ground.  If the eyes on the product are roughly the same then the ad revenue is roughly the same.  It becomes an equation of how much profit (or how little loss) can be made.

 

I don't disagree with that.  But in this case, GC isn't paying for the costs,  ET productions are.  They're paying a licensing fee to carry the broadcast.  And I highly doubt they are paying any more to show the other 2 or so hours that the broadcast had, vs the two they did show.

 

And we're talking about 4 am replays in both cases.  

 

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10 minutes ago, gvogel said:

I only watch Golf Channel if Rory or Brooke Henderson are playing.  Pretty soon I'm going to give up my cable box.

I gave up cable over 5 years ago and never looked back. I just don't watch the Golf Channel or any other cable content. Outdoor antenna and OTA DVR are great for cord cutters. 

 

Now I might temporarily subscribe if I'm interested in something, such as Peacock during a tournament but that's it. If I spend $50/year on temporary subscriptions that would be a lot. 

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Watching the ESPN+ golf coverage including PGA and LPGA has been a breath of fresh air compared to GC. I wonder if ESPN would get involved in broadcasting other tours, although I don't think the PGA would allow it because they want to be top dog. PGA won't even let the LPGA be broadcasted on ESPN+ while a PGA tournament is going on.

 

No wonder LPGA purses are so much smaller, I feel at times the PGA is stifling LPGA growth potential. If LPGA got broader TV coverage I'm sure their purses would increase. LPGA will only see 3 hours of coverage each day this weekend. ESPN+ showed over 9 hours of featured group coverage each day during the 2 times they broadcasted LPGA.

 

I guess the big bucks come from PGA and that is what GC alliance is too.

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32 minutes ago, Hacker76 said:

Watching the ESPN+ golf coverage including PGA and LPGA has been a breath of fresh air compared to GC. I wonder if ESPN would get involved in broadcasting other tours, although I don't think the PGA would allow it because they want to be top dog. PGA won't even let the LPGA be broadcasted on ESPN+ while a PGA tournament is going on.

 

No wonder LPGA purses are so much smaller, I feel at times the PGA is stifling LPGA growth potential. If LPGA got broader TV coverage I'm sure their purses would increase. LPGA will only see 3 hours of coverage each day this weekend. ESPN+ showed over 9 hours of featured group coverage each day during the 2 times they broadcasted LPGA.

 

I guess the big bucks come from PGA and that is what GC alliance is too.

 

ESPN+ is the best thing to happened to Golf Coverage in a long time

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19 minutes ago, JetSpeed79 said:

It’s true. After Jan. 1 the Golf Channel will transition to BrandelVision™️  
 

Content will include multi-hour stream of consciousness thoughts and opinions from golf’s premier mind: Brandel Chamblee. 
 

Subscription based (Brandel+ for ad free). It’s going to be a real cash cow. 

 

I don't care who you are, that's funny right there.

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2 hours ago, Creedo77 said:

The channel is apparently done at the end of the year 

That would be tragic.  Haven't watched as much recently because of all the woke non-golf programming, but still enjoyed the golf.  Going to be slim pickings for golf without Euro tour, LPGA, or T/F PGA Tour.

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It’s sad what it’s become.  I can’t even watch anymore.

 

Beyond garbage.  
 

whoever mentioned the woke non golf bs is spot on

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1 hour ago, ThinkingPlus said:

That would be tragic.  Haven't watched as much recently because of all the woke non-golf programming, but still enjoyed the golf.  Going to be slim pickings for golf without Euro tour, LPGA, or T/F PGA Tour.

Woke non golf programming?

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4 hours ago, Creedo77 said:

The channel is apparently done at the end of the year 


Wouldn't surprise me. I think it's less to do w the content and more so that streaming has basically taken over. GC was gonna die eventually and I bet all early round coverage of any PGA Tour event will be on ESPN+ or some sort of streaming platform in a couple years. Amazon is streaming TNF now something I wouldn't have even thought as possible 5 years ago.

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