ESPN New York 98.7 FM held its 13th annual Tee It Up Golf Classic on Monday, Aug. 14, at the Knollwood Country Club in Elmsford, N.Y. The golf tournament raised close to $15,000 for the V Foundation for Cancer Research through a silent auction of sports memorabilia, raffles and hole-prize competitions (longest drive, closest to the line and on the green).
For the third consecutive year, ESPN’s live stream of the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club set digital viewership records.
The Masters tournament from Augusta National Golf Club returns to ESPN International for the twenty-fourth consecutive year with comprehensive live coverage across 53 countries and territories in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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ESPN golf analysts Andy North and Curtis Strange and host Scott Van Pelt participated in a media conference call today to discuss next week’s Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. For the 10th year, ESPN will have live telecasts of the first two rounds at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday, April 6-7, as well as extensive coverage on SportsCenter, ESPN.com and other ESPN platforms.
The third edition of golf’s Latin America Amateur Championship was also its most-viewed in the United States, thanks to a strong final round telecast on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 15.
Buck, Azinger & Faxon Anchor 18th Tower at Oakmont Country Club
Coverage begins Thursday, June 16 at 10:00 AM ET on FS1
New York – With just over one week until its second presentation of the U.S. Open Championship, FOX Sports today announced its full broadcast schedule and programming plan for the 116th U.S. Open Championship at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa.
Highlighted by more than 40 hours of live golf action across the FOX family of networks, FOX Sports airs 22.5 hours on FOX, matching 2015’s inaugural broadcast, up from 19 hours on broadcast television in 2014. Thursday and Friday, June 16 and 17, the first seven hours of action are televised on FS1 from 10:00 AM ET to 5:00 PM ET, before moving to local FOX stations from 5:00 to 8:00 PM ET. FOX airs coverage from 11:00 AM ET to 7:00 PM ET on Saturday, June 18 and from11:00 AM ET to 7:30 PM ET on Sunday, June 19. In the event of a tie at the conclusion of Sunday’s final round, an 18-hole playoff airs Monday, June 20 at 12:00 PM ET on FOX. In addition, FS1 airs 30-minute wrap-up shows following each of the championship’s four rounds, Thursday through Sunday.
FOX Deportes televises 6.5 hours of U.S. Open coverage in Spanish for the second time in the championship’s storied history, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM ET on Saturday and 4:00 to 7:30 PM ET on Sunday.
Emmy-Award winning play-by-play announcer Joe Buck, lead analyst Paul Azinger and analyst Brad Faxon anchor the 18th Tower throughout the championship. Hole announcers Mark Brooks and Steve Flesch and on-course reporters Ken Brown, Juli Inkster, Scott McCarron and Curtis Strange provide insight from a variety of perspectives across Oakmont’s fairways and challenging greens.
Holly Sonders hosts studio coverage alongside Bob Ford, longtime head professional and current director of golf at Oakmont, as well as course design expert Gil Hanse. Rules analyst David Fay, interviewer Shane Bacon and reporter Jaime Diaz also contribute to broadcast coverage.
The full broadcast schedule for championship play follows:
Date Program Time Network
June 16 First Round 10:00 AM-5:00 PM FS1
5:00-8:00 PM FOX
June 17 Second Round 10:00 AM-5:00 PM FS1
5:00-8:00 PM FOX
June 18 Third Round 11:00 AM-7:00 PM FOX
4:00-7:00 PM FOX Deportes
June 19 Final Round 11:00 AM-7:30 PM FOX
4:00-7:30 PM FOX Deportes
June 20 Playoff (if necessary) 12:00-4:00 PM FOX
On the digital front, FOX Sports GO live streams all U.S. Open coverage provided by FS1 and the FOX broadcast network, and offers ‘bonus’ content on three alternate streams created specifically for the event, presenting more than 110 hours of additional coverage. The bonus feeds include two channels following four separate featured groups (two each) and a channel dedicated to featured holes, available daily starting Thursday on FOX Sports GO, www.usopen.com and the U.S. Open app.
FOX Sports’ expansive digital offerings for the U.S. Open are anchored by FOX Sports mainstays Joel Klatt and Justin Kutcher, who provide play-by-play for featured groups. They are joined by a slate of newcomers: broadcaster Luke Elvy, 2011 U.S. Senior Open champion Olin Browne, 1987 U.S. Junior Amateur champion Brett Quigley and 1987 U.S. Open Champion Scott Simpson. In addition, analysts Robert Damron, Jay Delsing, Buddy Marucci and Joe Ogilvie, as well as host Ned Michaels, return to FOX Sports’ digital team.
The full FOX Sports GO live-stream schedule for championship play follows:
Day/Date Channel Time (ET) Platform
Thursday – Friday, FS1 stream 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM FOX Sports GO
June 16-17 FOX stream 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Featured Groups (Ch. A) 7:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Featured Groups (Ch. B) 7:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Featured Holes 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday, FOX stream 11:00 AM – 7:30 PM FOX Sports GO
June 18-19 Featured Groups (Ch. A) 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Featured Groups (Ch. B) 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Featured Holes 11:00 AM – 6:30 PM
FOX Sports’ U.S. Open preview programming kicks off on Friday, June 10 at 2:05 PM ET, when Azinger joins THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD on FS1 to reveal and react to the U.S. Open groupings for next week’s opening round.
Beginning the week of the U.S. Open, FOX Sports features preview programming on FS1 each day leading up to the championship. On Monday, June 13 at 3:00 PM ET, DRIVE TO THE U.S. OPEN spotlights some of the amateurs and professionals that earned their spots in the field via sectional qualifying tournaments this spring. On Tuesday, June 14 at 3:00 PM ET, the U.S. OPEN PREVIEW SHOW breaks down the field of favorites and takes an in-depth look at Oakmont Country Club as Sonders hosts and is joined by analysts Brooks, Faxon and Flesch. Finally, on Wednesday, June 15 at 10:00 AM ET, WEDNESDAY AT THE U.S. OPEN takes a last look at the players’ final practice rounds with Inkster, McCarron and Strange reporting from the course. Azinger, Buck and Faxon offer analysis from the 18th Tower, while the entire FOX Sports golf broadcast team contributes insight and features from the studio.
The full preview and companion programming schedule follows:
Day/Date Show Time (ET) Channel
Friday, June 10 THE HERD 2:00 – 2:30 PM FS1
WITH COLIN COWHERD
Monday, June 13 THE DRIVE TO THE 3:00 – 4:00 PM FS1
Tuesday, June 14 U.S. OPEN PREVIEW 3:00 – 3:30 PM FS1
Wednesday, June 15 WEDNESDAY AT THE 10:00 – 11:30 AM FS1
FOX Sports Radio prepares a significant on-site presence throughout championship week. The schedule includes 24 hours of coverage previewing the championship and its opening rounds, with eight hours daily from Wednesday, June 15 toFriday, June 17, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM (Jay Mohr Sports), 6:00 to 8:00 PM ET (Steve Gorman SPORTS!) and 8:00 to 11:00 PM ET (JT “The Brick”).
Coverage will continue on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 as national anchor Dan Beyer provides live updates during play. On-air programming can also be heard on FOXSportsRadio.com and the FOX Sports Radio channel on iHeartRadio.
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American Idol Winner Taylor Hicks to preform live on Wednesday’s show
Guests include head football coaches, professional golfer John Daly, SEC legends Bo Jackson & Steve Spurrier
The Paul Finebaum Show makes its golf course debut on Wednesday, May 18 for its second stop in three consecutive weeks of remote shows. Last week the show was live from Gainesville, Fla. for the No.7 Vanderbilt at No. 1 Florida baseball game. In two weeks, May 31 and June 1, the show closes out its mini-road trip with its second annual trip to the Southeastern Conference Spring Meetings in Destin, Fla.
Finebaum Regions Pro-Am
The Paul Finebaum Show is live from the Regions Tradition Pro-Am golf tournament on Wednesday, May 18. Finebaum’s set, perched on the Champions Club patio, looking down the 18th fairway, will host interviews with five SEC football coaches – Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban, Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart, Auburn Head Coach Gus Malzahn, Ole Miss Head Coach Hugh Freeze, Mississippi State Head Coach Dan Mullen – as well as Alabama Basketball Head Coach Avery Johnson, sports icon Bo Jackson, SEC legend Steve Spurrier and professional golfer John Daly.
In addition to high-profile interviews throughout the show, Taylor Hicks, winner of the fifth season of American Idol, will perform an acoustic set live.
Finebaum Spring Meetings
For the second year, Finebaum is live from the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, Fla. where football and basketball coaches, as well as school and conference administrators gather annually. Coaches from a variety of schools and sports, as well as Commissioner Greg Sankey, are expected to appear on the show over Tuesday, May 31 and Wednesday, June 1.
Last year’s show on the Gulf Coast proved particularly influential to the year’s events. Coach Dawn Staley’s encouragement of Finebaum to attend a South Carolina women’s basketball game (full story) resulted in a courtside show on Monday, Feb. 8 during the Gamecock’s NCAA Tournament run.
In addition to the South Carolina trip, The Paul Finebaum Show has visited the previously mentioned Florida baseball game (photos) and the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament in Nashville, Tenn. The show also visited all 14 schools during the fall, previewing each campus on Friday prior to SEC Nation’s Saturday show.
The Paul Finebaum Show airs on SEC Network every weekday from 3 to 7 p.m. ET, taking calls from across the SEC and the country.
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ESPN’s live telecast of Round 2 of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on Friday, April 8, earned a 2.2 U.S. household rating, averaging 3.060 million viewers, according to fast national data from Nielsen Media. The telecast aired from 3-7:30 p.m. ET.
The rating and viewership rose for the second consecutive year for the Friday telecast, up from a 2.1 rating and an average of 2.952 million viewers in 2015 and a 1.8 rating and an average of 2.465 million viewers in 2014.
Viewers were able to watch more than half of the round played by leader Jordan Spieth as he and the other players battled wind and tough scoring conditions in the 80th edition of the Masters.
Friday’s telecast peaked with a 2.6 rating and 3.727 million viewers from 5:30-6 p.m. During that time, the telecast followed longtime golf star Tom Watson, competing in his final Masters but not making the cut, as he completed his last round at Augusta with a walk to the 18th green.
Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C., was the nation’s highest-rated metered market with a 3.9 rating for Friday’s telecast, followed by Louisville, Ky., at 3.7 and Columbus, Ohio, at 3.6. Fort Myers-Naples, Fla., Knoxville, Tenn., and Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla., tied at 3.5.
Completing the top 10 metered markets were Buffalo, Cincinnati and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., at 3.4, and Charlotte, N.C., and West Palm Beach, Fla., at 3.3.
ESPN also enjoyed another strong day of digital viewership on Friday with the most-watched Masters Round 2 ever on WatchESPN, following the most-watched Round 1 ever on the service the previous day. Round 2 had an average minute audience of 49,000 and 13.2 total minutes viewed, both up 76 percent from 2015.
The Friday telecast completed ESPN’s two days of live Masters coverage, but SportsCenter and ESPN.com will continue to report from the event throughout the weekend.
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Golf fans were streaming ESPN’s live telecast of Round 1 of the Masters Tournament on Thursday, April 7, in record fashion on WatchESPN.
Thursday’s telecast marked the most-viewed Masters Round 1 ever on WatchESPN, with an average minute audience of 40,100 and 10.8 million total minutes viewed, both up three percent from 2015.
On television, the Masters Round 1 telecast earned a 1.7 rating, averaging 2.398 million viewers, according to Nielsen Fast National numbers. The rating and viewership were higher than the 1.5 rating and average audience of 2.006 million earned by ESPN for Round 1 in 2014, the last time Tiger Woods did not play.
With Woods in the field last year, ESPN earned a 2.2 rating, averaging 3.218 million viewers, the largest audience and highest rating for Round 1 since the record-setting 2010 telecast. The 2010 Masters first-round telecast on ESPN earned a 3.4 rating and averaged 4.936 million viewers, the second-largest golf audience ever on cable.
Thursday’s telecast peaked from 5:30-6pm with a 2.0 rating and 2.736 million viewers.
Minneapolis-St. Paul was the highest rated local market for Thursday’s telecast with a 3.2 rating, followed by Charlotte, N.C., and Buffalo, tied at 3.0; and West Palm Beach, Fla., and Norfolk, Va., at 2.9.
Rounding out the top 10 were Columbus, Ohio, and San Diego, 2.8; Raleigh-Durham, N.C., 2.7; and Louisville, Ky.,and Indianapolis, 2.6.
While ESPN’s live Masters coverage ends Friday, SportsCenter and ESPN.com will continue to report from the Masters throughout the weekend.
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