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April 16, 2006 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After almost two decades on CBS, the McDonald's LPGA Championship is moving to the Golf Channel, beginning in June. The three-year deal, announced yesterday, had been in the works for several weeks, since a conversation with CBS left a sour taste in the mouth of tournament cofounder Herb Lotman. Soon after the PGA Tour unveiled its 2007 schedule, along with a TV contract that included more events on CBS, Lotman said he got a call from the network. Beginning next year, Lotman said, CBS informed him that it wanted to conclude play at the McDonald's by 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday so it could cut to its coverage of that week's PGA Tour event, the Stanford St. Jude Championship.
SPORTS
February 18, 2001 | By Joe Logan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Expect a little innovation in the form of chatter and commentary from the players themselves when the Golf Channel ushers in a new 10-year contract with the Canadian Tour later this month. Beginning with the Myrtle Beach Open Thursday through next Sunday, the Golf Channel plans to have four players in the field each day wear microphones. The channel hopes to bring viewers inside the ropes and make them privy to the players' candid conversations, insights and running commentary on their strategic decisions.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fastest-growing cable channel, by percentage of daily viewers, isn't TNT, USA, Bravo, Spike or ESPN. The tiny Golf Channel, formerly part of Comcast Corp.'s cable business, is claiming that title, thanks to new NBC corporate bosses who have insisted on higher-quality live and non-live programs. One of NBC's first moves: canceling Golf's Amazing Videos , which featured 3-iron shots to the groin and other silliness. The NBC regime took control of the channel within days of Comcast's acquiring NBCUniversal in early 2011.
SPORTS
November 18, 2001 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
At first glance, it might seem like a bit of a stretch for the Golf Channel to produce an hour-long documentary related to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Turns out it's not. Wednesday at 9 p.m., Rich Lerner, an anchor and reporter at the Golf Channel, will host New York Stories . . . Of Enduring Spirit, a commercial-free look at the life stories and passion for the game of five people, four of whom died in the tragic events of Sept. 11. Among those profiled are a Wall Street executive, a bond trader, a firefighter, and a man who took his wife to Pebble Beach on their honeymoon.
SPORTS
January 26, 2003 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As the new golf season dawns, fans of the Golf Channel are beginning to see some of the most sweeping changes in the eight-year history of the niche network - new sets, new faces, new programs and, it seems, a new ambition. "It was time," Dave Manougian, president of the Golf Channel, said last week of the $1 million-plus face-lift. Even many of the Golf Channel's most ardent fans would probably agree that it was time for a change. As fun as it has been for golf addicts to be able to watch a golf-only evening news show, or spend evenings watching grainy black-and-white reruns of a dashing young Arnold Palmer winning the Masters or the U.S. Open in his prime, or hope to learn something from the swing tips of the top teaching pros, some viewers had begun to want and expect more.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2012 | Dan Gross
Michael Phelps meant it when he said he wanted to take time off and relax. The swimming sensation will try to improve his golf game on the next season of the Golf Channel's "The Haney Project," produced by Tom Farrell and Steve Rotfeld of Bryn Mawr's The WorkShop. "I love the fact that a Philly company will be working with the greatest Olympian of all time," Farrell said of Phelps, who begins production on the show next month. Farrell says Phelps wants to be trained by coach Hank Haney at some of the best golf courses around the world.
SPORTS
February 1, 1998 | By Joe Logan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Dave from Texas was on the line with a question for Ken Lindsay, master teaching professional. "Hi, Dave. " "Hi, Ken. My problem is, I'm a 5 handicap but I have trouble making a consistent draw when I have a shot that calls for a draw. You got any tips?" Lindsay, a drawling club pro from Jackson, Miss., who also happens to be president of the PGA of America, grips the club in his hand and smiles into the camera. "Well, Dave . . . " As a matter of fact, he does have a tip. Golf instruction on television is certainly nothing new. But in prime time?
BUSINESS
December 11, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tennis Channel and Comcast Corp. are still slapping baseline shots at each other - now in the nation's highest court. Tennis Channel has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the legal question of whether Comcast should make Tennis' 24-hour sports channel available to nearly all Comcast TV subscribers. At stake is millions of dollars in revenue for Tennis Channel and an interpretation of the 1992 Cable Act in how it relates to protecting independent programmers. Tennis Channel says Comcast is discriminating against it or treating it differently from the Comcast-owned Golf Channel by asking subscribers to pay $5 more a month for it. Comcast does not ask for a similar fee for Golf Channel.
SPORTS
May 15, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Columnist
STEVE STRICKER stood in the fairway on the second hole at Merion, one shot back on Sunday at the U.S. Open. He needed to nail this shot. Instead, Stricker shanked a 4-iron. His ball went screaming over Ardmore Avenue, out of bounds, and Stricker fell out of contention with a triple-bogey. An indicting red line cut an ugly scar across TV monitors worldwide. Tommy Roy, the man responsible for the red line, felt his heart sink. "Probably the most dramatic and most painful Protracer shot of all time," Roy said.
NEWS
April 21, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
South Jersey's second medical-marijuana dispensary, expected to open in a renovated 18,000-square-foot building in Bellmawr, Camden County, received its final construction approvals from the borough in late December. But the Compassionate Sciences Alternative Treatment Center still needs the green light from the state Department of Health before it can begin growing marijuana on the premises. The background check of the dispensary's principals and funding sources - which began in February 2013 - is continuing and is expected to be completed by the end of June, according to the department.
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May 15, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Columnist
STEVE STRICKER stood in the fairway on the second hole at Merion, one shot back on Sunday at the U.S. Open. He needed to nail this shot. Instead, Stricker shanked a 4-iron. His ball went screaming over Ardmore Avenue, out of bounds, and Stricker fell out of contention with a triple-bogey. An indicting red line cut an ugly scar across TV monitors worldwide. Tommy Roy, the man responsible for the red line, felt his heart sink. "Probably the most dramatic and most painful Protracer shot of all time," Roy said.
SPORTS
May 6, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Penn men's golf team had to wait until near the end of the Golf Channel's NCAA selection show Monday to find out where it would play its regional of the NCAA Division I championships, leading coach Bob Heintz to sweat a little bit. "I was getting nervous thinking they were figuring out a way to keep us out," Heintz joked. The Quakers, with an automatic bid for winning the Ivy League, were assigned to the regional at the Sagamore Club in Noblesville, Ind. Temple junior Brandon Matthews also had to wait, but he will make a return visit to the regionals as an individual competitor, heading to The Course at Yale in New Haven, Conn.
NEWS
April 21, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
South Jersey's second medical-marijuana dispensary, expected to open in a renovated 18,000-square-foot building in Bellmawr, Camden County, received its final construction approvals from the borough in late December. But the Compassionate Sciences Alternative Treatment Center still needs the green light from the state Department of Health before it can begin growing marijuana on the premises. The background check of the dispensary's principals and funding sources - which began in February 2013 - is continuing and is expected to be completed by the end of June, according to the department.
NEWS
October 23, 2014
DOES YOUR TV-watching reflect your politics? Those who buy and place political ads think it does. And, as viewing habits continue to disperse among hundreds of cable choices, political parties and groups behind so-called independent expenditures are increasingly targeting ad buys to specific channels. This is the new TV campaign. Cable is cheaper and offers niche programming. When that's coupled with advances in technology, as in "we know what you're watching," guess what?
SPORTS
July 14, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
Many would argue that Philadelphia is America's best sports city. Our passion certainly supports that claim, even if the 76ers' attendance frequently doesn't. But apart from those considerations, I wonder if it's possible to be a great sports town without a PGA Tour stop. When it comes to a city's sporting calendar, a golf tournament is like the cherry on a sundae - a sweet, colorful, and eagerly consumed addition to an already tasty concoction. Yet for most of the last 35 years, Philadelphia inexplicably has been the only one of America's 10 largest metropolitan areas without a PGA event.
SPORTS
May 31, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - While Jessica Korda and Lexi Thompson enjoyed outstanding careers in junior golf, they thought they needed time to adjust to the grind of the LPGA Tour before they could break into the winner's circle. Still, the two women haven't taken all that long to make their mark on the circuit, and are part of the influx of young American players who have enjoyed much success on the tour this season. Players from the United States have won seven of the 12 tournaments played in 2014 entering Friday's start of the $1.5 million ShopRite LPGA Classic at Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.
NEWS
December 27, 2013
I ONCE dated a fellow who fancied himself a die-hard Eagles fan. He had the epidermal, obvious things covered fairly well. His "man cave" sported a giant, theater-quality flat screen that made the weekly viewing of the game a lifelike experience. He knew the lingo, and would never say "make the first down" as opposed to "convert," or mistake a safety for a touchback. He even had the body mass of a defensive end, although toward the end of our relationship his girth became a bit more offensive, if you get my drift.
BUSINESS
December 11, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tennis Channel and Comcast Corp. are still slapping baseline shots at each other - now in the nation's highest court. Tennis Channel has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the legal question of whether Comcast should make Tennis' 24-hour sports channel available to nearly all Comcast TV subscribers. At stake is millions of dollars in revenue for Tennis Channel and an interpretation of the 1992 Cable Act in how it relates to protecting independent programmers. Tennis Channel says Comcast is discriminating against it or treating it differently from the Comcast-owned Golf Channel by asking subscribers to pay $5 more a month for it. Comcast does not ask for a similar fee for Golf Channel.
SPORTS
June 17, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
Thanks, Merion. You've made golf fun to watch again. Can't tell you how much we hackers hate it when the pros make golf look as easy as bingo. Week after week, they destroy par, golf courses, and a lot of our interest in the game. It's monotonous - 300-yard drive, 8-iron to the green, a putt or two. Wham, bam, thank you, Sam (Snead). Pretty soon the leader board is filled with more red than Ashburn Alley. But during this 2013 U.S. Open, to paraphrase Bobby Jones, they are playing a game with which I am familiar.
BUSINESS
June 16, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The verdant driving range at the famed Merion Golf Club has been transformed into a muddy TV city, with tractor-trailer production units, gravel instead of grass, and hundreds of empty stacked spools of fiber-optic cable. "It used to be a driving range. It will be again," Ken Carpenter, NBC Sports technical manager, said ruefully Friday afternoon. It's from here that NBC, ESPN, the Golf Channel, Europe's Sky Sports, and other media outlets are beaming images of this year's - at least up to now - rain-wracked U.S. Open.
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