The Golf Channel (also known verbally as Golf) is an American sports television network owned by the NBC Sports Group division of NBC Universal, a subsidiary of Comcast. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, it is currently outside the headquarters of NBC Sports in Stamford, Connecticut.
The channel focuses on sports golf coverage, including live coverage of tournaments, as well as fact and training programming. It is the owner of the PGA Tour, the LPGA Tour, the US Open, the Open Championship, and the Golf Cable Television at the Summer Olympics. Through the Golf Channel Unit, Comcast also has other golf-related businesses, including the Golf Course Reservation Service, the Online Golf Instruction Provision Revolution Golf, and the World Long Drive Championship. Some of these related features work from Orlando, the former home of the Florida Network.
As of September 2018, the Golf Channel in the United States is available to approximately 70 70.3 million pay television households (76.2% of cable households).
History of Golf Channel
The idea for the 24-hour golf network came from Birmingham, Alabama-based media entrepreneur Joseph E. Gibbs, who first came up with the idea in 1991. Gibbs felt that the public was very interested in supporting such a network in golf, and set up a Gallup pool to see if his gait was correct. Gibbs and legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, backed by a subsequent referendum, again sought 80 million from several cable television providers (including Adelphia Communications Corporation, Cablevision Industries, Comcast, Continental Cable, New House, and the Times Mirror Company). Received dollar funding. The network was included in the first subscription network, designed to cover a single game.
It was announced in February 1993 that the launch date was set for May 1994 and was launched on January 17, 1995, with the formal reversal of co-founder Arnold Palmer’s switch. The first live-televised tournament was the Dubai Desert Classic, January 19-22. Originally a premium channel with limited subscribers, in order to reach more viewers and rapidly increase rankings, it backed up in September 1995 to become part of the core PTV. In 1996, Fox Cable Networks acquired a minority stake in the channel for 50 million.
From 1999 to 2001, the Golf Channel will be part of the PGA Tour’s cable rights for early coverage. To increase their availability, Golf, a golf channel, entered into an agreement with Fox Sports Networks (FSN) to publish coverage styles. In 2002, the Golf Channel lost its rights to the main PGA Tour but regained the rights to the DevelopmentShore.com tour.
Integrate with NBC Golf Sports
In January 2011, Comcast acquired a 51% majority in NBC Universal from General Electric. As a result of rearranging the existing features of Comcast to NBC Universal, the golf channel and sister sports network Versus were merged by a newly formed NBC Sports division. At the WGC Match Play Championship, on-air synchronization between NBC’s current production unit began, when NBC’s Golf Telecast branded the golf channel “Golf Channel on NBC”. With the co-branding of ESPN, NBC Sports personalities of sports output on ABC may now appear on the Golf Channel, and former senior vice president of NBC Sports, Mike Mc Carley, Assumes responsibilities as the new head of the network. The network also adopted a modified logo that includes NBC Meyer.
In December 2013, the Golf Channel unveiled a new logo, which was implemented in May 2014 to match the 2014 Players Championship. The new logo replaces the “Swing G” logo, which has been used with NBC Mayer as well as the Wordmark since the network’s inception. The new logo was intended to provide a unified brand in golf channel-related features and services.
On June 8, 2015, it was announced that NBC Sports had acquired the rights to the Open Championship starting in 2017 under a 12-year contract, after former broadcaster ESPN came out of the final year of rights. , NBC began coverage in 2016 instead. The initial round of coverage was broadcast by the Golf Channel, marking the first time that the Golf Channel had broadcast any of the four major men’s golf championships. On May 3, 2016, NBC announced that the Golf Channel would cover most of the men’s and women’s golf tournaments at the 2016 Summer Olympics, up to 300 hours of the tournament, and 130 of them would survive.
In 2016, the Golf Channel later added network coverage of its events to the World Long Drives Association, the organizer of the World Long Drive Championship. In 2017, Golf Channel acquired Revolution Golf, the online provider of golf instructional materials.