Day 1 Ryder Cup TV Coverage: Too much Lee Corso, commercials

Since I was on the course and in the press room, I didn’t see much of ESPN’s presentation of the Ryder Cup Friday.

However, did, and he wasn’t pleased with ESPN running the Lee Corso-West Virginia commercial 18 times during the telecast.

From Shackelford:

To be clear, the mostly NBC produced pictures, sound and announcing from Friday’s Ryder Cup made the fantastic golf that much better.
Unfortunately, over the course of 11.5 hours, we were actually deprived of coverage.

We all know they have bills to pay, but showing a promo 18 times over the course of 11.5 hours? Obnoxious.

The primary atrocity committed by ESPN and the PGA of America was the call in three instances to leave live, thrilling Ryder Cup golf. Twice they showed a Scott Van Pelt narrated highlight package and most painful of all, an interview with PGA of America president Allen Wronowski that not a single person on the planet wanted or needed to hear.

John Strege in his Golf World review wrote:

ESPN began a recap of earlier play while two tight matches were still being  contested, the second time on Friday that it broke from live play. At the  conclusion of morning foursomes, with the afternoon fourballs already underway,  it cut to Scott Van Pelt doing a 10-minute recap.

Golf Digest’s Stina Sternberg, via Twitter, reacted to ESPN’s miscue this  way: “PSA: The Ryder Cup is still live, without highlights on and  Sky online.”

Strege, though, had praise for Mike Tirico for the way he set up Tiger Woods’ final putt.

A remarkable day of golf came down to this, as told by ESPN’s Mike Tirico: “The  U.S. will lead. It will either be five-three or five-and-a-half, two-and-a-half.  And has been the case most of the last 15 years in golf, one guy standing alone  and all eyes are on him.”


One thought on “Day 1 Ryder Cup TV Coverage: Too much Lee Corso, commercials

  1. i could not agree more. NBC and ESPN had possibly the worst coverage of any golf tournament I’ve ever seen–how about a sound check before Michael Phelps came on the stage?!! The Ryder Cup is watched by millions of people…we care about who is driving the ball at any given dare you deprive us watching the most amazing parts of the most amazing players? Although I’m very sad about the USA losing, I’m more sad about the coverage by NBC. I will not watch NBC coverage of golf in the future.

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