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Looking forward to that prime-time golf

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Pendleton, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. Pendleton

    Pendleton Member

    How many Sunday sports sections will be pinched by that 10 p.m. end of the Open on Saturday night? ... If it ends at 10 p.m., what time do you think we'll see agate? ...


    By RACHEL COHEN
    AP Sports Writer

    The best television ratings for a final round of a U.S. Open came in 2002, when a weather delay meant the tournament didn’t end until 8:38 p.m. ET.
    Of course, the fact that the Open turned into a duel between eventual champion Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson might have had something to do with the 9.3 rating. Still, numbers like that — and knowledge of the typical patterns of TV viewership — led NBC executives to believe later is better.
    With the Open on the West Coast at San Diego’s Torrey Pines this year, network officials saw an opportunity in time zones. The final rounds could start later without risk of outlasting the sunlight.
    They approached USGA executive director David Fay with the proposal more than a year ago, said NBC Sports executive vice president Jon Miller.
    “They embraced it enthusiastically,” Miller said of USGA’s executive committee. “They’re pretty forward thinking.”
    NBC’s coverage for Saturday’s third round is scheduled to run from 4-10 p.m. ET, three hours later than last year. Sunday’s final-round coverage goes from 3-9 p.m., two hours later.
    It’s the first time the Open has been scheduled to run into prime time.
    “Much like the Super Bowl and World Series, the biggest events should be played on the biggest stages,” Miller said.
    The highest rating for a Saturday came in 2000 at Pebble Beach, when weather delayed the end of the third round until 10:23 ET (and Woods was leading).
    Miller expects the later coverage will draw more casual fans and more younger viewers. The time change will make it harder for people in many other parts of the world to watch — they’ll be asleep by the time the winner is crowned.
    “We will be finishing in a way that I think provides the greatest access to golfers everywhere,” said USGA president Jim Vernon.
     
  2. EE94

    EE94 Guest

    uhhh, it's all about the agate
     
  3. NoOneLikesUs

    NoOneLikesUs Active Member

    No fuckin' agate yet here. Fuckers.
     
  4. Keystone

    Keystone Member

    A first for me tonight: I had to use a latebox for the agate.
     
  5. Pendleton

    Pendleton Member

    We're punting for first edition

    It'll only be worse saturday night. ... Might not even get agate for REMAKE for the Sunday paper
     
  6. The agate situation's gettin ridiculous now. STILL nothing? Seriously?
     
  7. Keystone

    Keystone Member

    It's 11:51 EDT and we're still waiting... :mad:
     
  8. NoOneLikesUs

    NoOneLikesUs Active Member

    West Coast favored starting times will drive me to kill one day. I'm convinced of this.
     
  9. times38

    times38 Member

    there may not be any agate for the damn U.S. Open in any paper east of the Rockies.
     
  10. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Well, they're playing in San Diego.
     
  11. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Over-under on the year they install stadium lighting for 17 and 18 at Bethpage for an East Coast prime-time Open?
     
  12. trifectarich

    trifectarich Well-Known Member

    10 minutes after the last putt drops, there's no reason for the agate not to have been sent.

    None whatsoever.
     
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