Mixed Response to US PGA Coming to BBC
In shock news for Sky Sports subscribers, it was revealed that the broadcaster had failed to agree terms with the PGA of America, which has resulted in the year's fourth men's major - the PGA Championship - being absent from Sky's newly launched golf channel. During the subsequent days of uncertainty, it was confirmed that the BBC taken on the rights to the event.
Considering the corporation had lost live rights to the Open Championship and seemed to have a low interest in golf, this move came as something of a surprise, but it has ensured that the championship will be widely available to viewers in the UK this August. But what to the people themselves think? We canvassed opinions on Facebook and Twitter, which has provided an intriguingly wide variety of responses between those who are delighted that the BBC have major golf again, and those who regret the fact that Sky's innovative and highly praised production won't be seen at the PGA.
No. BBC will bring back the dinosaurs. Would have loved to see what @btsport would've done.— Andy Macharg (@andymacharg) July 19, 2017
Should give access to a wider potential audience which can't be a bad thing. Think sky have done many good things ref golf though.— FullTimeHacker (@hadashocker) July 19, 2017
No this is dreadful - dull archaic dinosaurs talking about cats up trees and stories of the 20s is not golf coverage in the 21st century!— Gregor (@McQuattie1) July 19, 2017
Brilliant news! Sky's monopoly on the majors has been awful for golf. Let's hope they put together a decent commentary team— Richard Workman (@mr_workman) July 19, 2017
Has to be a good thing if more people get to see it.— Chris Stratford (@CStrattoYPSport) July 20, 2017
Good that it is not on Sky...poor if Alliss is still involved...— Patrick Leo McGinley (@PatMcGinley13) July 21, 2017
Yeah sky's coverage is 10 times better— Bomber Morrison (@BomberMorrison) July 23, 2017
No! Alliss with his old fashioned blather and his understudy Ken thingy zzzz— Roberta Jane Upton (@robertajane_U) July 23, 2017
Sky coverage is fantastic however if they want to bring golf to the masses this is the way to go. Hope the coverage is decent though.— Iain Reid (@IainReid1970) July 24, 2017
One of the problems with golf is lack of exposure. Having a major on a free to air broadcaster is a plus.— Richard Workman (@mr_workman) July 25, 2017
Definitely! No adverts, no boring sky cart disrupting coverage, less analysis, less pointless stats and less studio time. #showlivegolf.— Links Golf Images (@IanOPhotography) July 25, 2017
I really enjoyed Sky Sports coverage. Hopefully BBC steps up to the plate with good coverage.— Gord McGarva (@GordMcGarva) July 25, 2017
Lot of people don't have sky sports so BBC will have greater reach and exposure to help maintain us pga status as a major— Fergus Harrold (@TedFergie) July 25, 2017
So, there is a wide mix of views, but as we wait for details on exactly how the championship will be shown - whether it be on the main or channel or via the interactive red button - it will be fascinating to see if views are changed in the aftermath of the PGA Championship being broadcast exclusively live on the BBC.
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