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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
SPORTS
July 2, 2010
Golf Channel (2-6 p.m. today; 1-2:30 p.m. tomorrow; noon-1:30 p.m. Sunday); CBS (3-6 p.m. tomorrow; 2-6:30 p.m. Sunday)
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.
NEWS
January 17, 2008 | By Mychal Massie
If a tree falls in the forest with no one there to hear it, does it make a noise? Likewise, if someone says something inappropriate and Al Sharpton isn't around to hear it, is it really racist? Sportscaster Kelly Tilghman of the Golf Channel is likely pondering this right now. She has apologized for a recent ill-considered comment and has been suspended by her employer, but Sharpton - coming in late in the game - wants more. He belatedly wants her fired, and he is taking the Golf Channel to task.
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June 7, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - The 28th ShopRite LPGA Classic probably deserved better. We're not talking about Sunday's weather forecast, which prompted tournament officials to move up the final-round tee times to early morning in order to finish before the nasty stuff was projected to arrive. That meant no live coverage on the Golf Channel. Only tape-delayed instead, from Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club. Not the same. But when Mother Nature happens . . . Sometimes it's simply your turn to take a hit. The field was another matter.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
After a slow period last year, TV ad sales for this summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are going "extraordinarily well" and could break records, a top NBC Sports official said on Thursday. Comcast Corp.-owned NBCUniversal expects at least $1 billion in revenue and ad sales, which are eclipsing the pace of the London games in 2012, NBC Sports sales chief Seth Winter said in a conference call. NBC needs to get to $1.2 billion to break even, because that's what it agreed to pay for the games when it won the TV rights in 2011.
BUSINESS
September 14, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dennis Griffin was talking tee times. Some afternoons, he can slip away for a quick 18 holes. "The sweet spot in Brigantine for me is around 1 in the afternoon, when you have a 60 percent savings," the long-term-care insurance salesman said. At his Little Egg Harbor home, Griffin, 60, logged on to the website for Comcast Corp.-owned GolfNow and browsed tee times for that day at Brigantine Golf Links, about 40 minutes away. He read off the possibilities: a 2 o'clock for $46.48; a slot at 1:52 for $35.98.
SPORTS
July 6, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wearing teal and purple, with a smile that would have lit up Pinehurst had the sun not been out, Michelle Wie found many ways last year to pose with the U.S. Women's Open trophy. She proudly displayed it in front of her. She kissed it. She held it off to the side at arm's length. And she hugged it as if she never wanted to let it go. For all her years as the most high-profile teenage female golfer of her era - competing in her first LPGA Tour event at age 12, playing at a PGA Tour stop when she was 14, attempting to qualify for the U.S. Open at 16 - this was the moment of her ultimate achievement in golf, at the ripe old age of 24. "I know that I had been putting a lot of pressure on myself at the U.S. Open," Wie said in May at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
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.
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.
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