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Holly Sonders leaves Golf Channel to join Fox

Poll Results: Is moving to Fox a good move for Holly Sonders?

 
  • 69% (56)
    Yes
  • 30% (25)
    No
81 Total Votes  
post #1 of 186
Thread Starter 

Good move for Holly?

 

http://golfweek.com/news/2014/jul/11/holly-sonders-leaves-golf-channel-join-fox-sports/

 

Quote:
 

Holly Sonders, star of Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” and other shows, left the channel July 10 after turning down a new contract offer, according to sources.

Sonders is expected to take a job with Fox Sports covering golf and serving as a sideline reporter on NFL games, according to several sources. A Fox spokesman said his network has not yet hired Sonders. Other sources said it is a done deal.

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Jonas Blixt and Golf Channel's Holly Sonders during the second round of the Humana Challenge.

Fox is building its golf production and talent team in anticipation of airing U.S. Golf Association events beginning in 2015.

Sonders was in the midst of contract discussions with Golf Channel and “we didn’t come to terms,” according to a spokesman.

“We wish her the best in her future endeavors,” he said, declining further comment.

Sonders joined Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” crew in January 2011 and quickly became one of the channel’s biggest stars. She parlayed her popularity on the morning show into regular slots on evening instructional shows such as “Playing Lessons with the Pros” and “School of Golf.”

 

Some future episodes of those shows already have been produced and have yet to air. But Sonders will not make any more appearances on “Morning Drive.”

post #2 of 186
I guess we'll see a lot of her during next year's U.S. Open.
post #3 of 186

Given the fake tits and the name change early in her career, it appears it should have been obvious all along that Holly had her sights set on much more than Golf Channel.

 

More money, more exposure, good for Holly. That appears to be what she wants. Can't blame her. 

post #4 of 186
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Originally Posted by JetFan1983 View Post
 

Given the fake tits and the name change early in her career, it appears it should have been obvious all along that Holly had her sights set on much more than Golf Channel.

 

More money, more exposure, good for Holly. That appears to be what she wants. Can't blame her.

Agreed, she maxed out her exposure from GC, it was time for her to take the next step in her career.  It will be interesting to see how she is used by FOX since I wouldn't say she's qualified to do much else than be the Erin Andrews of golf, I can't even see her on the sidelines of NFL games but we'll see.

post #5 of 186
Thread Starter 

Poll added BTW

post #6 of 186
Big move up, for sure.
post #7 of 186

Mike, re: the poll, you left out 1 option...Who cares...:-D

post #8 of 186

I will miss the daily eye candy, and she was very good at what he did.

post #9 of 186

Career-wise it could be. But she could also just get lost on a channel that has a short attention span.

post #10 of 186

I'm sure the money is right for her to move on so good for her. 

post #11 of 186
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Originally Posted by Mr. Desmond View Post
 

I will miss the daily eye candy, and she was very good at what he did.

 

Exactly.

post #12 of 186

Good move for her but bummed that I will be watching the old guy give golf tips without the much needed break of Holly.

post #13 of 186

I think it is probably a good move for Holly.  I have no idea what they were paying her at Golf Channel, but I doubt it was that much, she was one of several faces on Morning Drive which has a pretty small niche audience in the overall scheme of things.  Playing Lessons were mostly Holly Watching opportunities and fluffy filler for when there wasn't a tournament somewhere to broadcast.

 

I expect she's as competent to play the part of "microphone whisperer" as a lot of the other commentators you see covering various tournaments.  At least she's got some personality and is worth seeing which is more than you can say for some of the retired tour pros that have turned up in the booth (cough... Johny Miller). 

post #14 of 186
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Originally Posted by JetFan1983 View Post
 

Given the fake tits and the name change early in her career, it appears it should have been obvious all along that Holly had her sights set on much more than Golf Channel.

 

More money, more exposure.... 

That's just plain misogyny. I'm surprised the moderator let it pass.

post #15 of 186
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Originally Posted by boston blackie View Post
 

That's just plain misogyny. I'm surprised the moderator let it pass.

 

Stating facts followed by a conclusion that someone was looking to advance her career is misogyny now?

 

Do you have anything to say about the topic instead of just commenting on others?

post #16 of 186
If it means more Lauren Thompson, I'm all for it.
post #17 of 186

I think Holly began in television sans makeover, and it would not surprise me if a consultant advised her to enhance her physique to advance her television career. I remember reading a study back in the Dark Ages of my college years - mid to late 70's - that an audience is more likely to believe and listen to an attractive individual. I think that study still holds in the  Age of Celebrity.

 

Holly apparently took the advice to her breast (and nose), and acted on it. She has a strong, likable, sparkling personality in front of an audience and knowledge of golf. Whether she can take her talents to more than golf will be entertaining to her golf audience. Can't blame a girl for ambition.

post #18 of 186
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Originally Posted by Mr. Desmond View Post

I think Holly began in television sans makeover, and it would not surprise me if a consultant advised her to enhance her physique to advance her television career. I remember reading a study back in the Dark Ages of my college years - mid to late 70's - that an audience is more likely to believe and listen to an attractive individual. I think that study still holds in the  Age of Celebrity.

Holly apparently took the advice to her breast (and nose), and acted on it. She has a strong, likable, sparkling personality in front of an audience and knowledge of golf. Whether she can take her talents to more than golf will be entertaining to her golf audience. Can't blame a girl for ambition.

Agreed... Then again there aren't many women on TV that have not gone under the knife for this very same purpose..

Unfortunately for them we live in a society where looks mean everything and the ones that take the high road are the ones end up left behind..

So was she advised to do so? I don't think she needed advice, she knew what she had to do!
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