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Golf Channel is moving its offices from Orlando, Florida to Stamford, Connecticut, the network has confirmed to The Big Lead. Golf Channel has been headquartere
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Golf Channel is moving its offices from Orlando, Florida to Stamford, Connecticut, the network has confirmed to The Big Lead. Golf Channel has been headquartered in Orlando since it launched in early 1995; the move to Stamford aligns its operations with its parent company, NBC Sports. 

Hmmm, Orlando seemed perfect. So many Tour players close by, good weather for outdoor segments, the PGA Show is there, many events are there, PGA Tour and LPGA Tour headquarters are near enough…

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That's got to suck for the employees.   That is a huge climate change.  I'm sure Stamford, CT is beautiful but I agree with all of the points you make.   There will be no outdoor segments during the winter. 

This sounds like a bean counter's work instead of people in the know.    Sad

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Realistically, how far is Stamford from New York City? 

I wonder if there's something else going on here. It doesn't seem to make a lot of sense for a Golf Channel to move, unless some shows stay behind in Orlando. Make Golf Channel is going to become another NBC Sports channel or something like that? I can't imagine this saves NBC much money, given that the cost of living is probably higher, or likely at least the same, in Stamford than it is in Orlando.

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8 hours ago, dennyjones said:

I'm sure Stamford, CT is beautiful

Um, no. It’s also expensive and real estate in CT has never recovered from the 2009 crash. This is a really odd move unless they are going to be sold.

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6 minutes ago, boogielicious said:

Um, no. It’s also expensive and real estate in CT has never recovered from the 2009 crash. This is a really odd move unless they are going to be sold.

NBC Sports is there already. It’s a consolidation.

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7 hours ago, DeadMan said:

Realistically, how far is Stamford from New York City? 

I wonder if there's something else going on here. It doesn't seem to make a lot of sense for a Golf Channel to move, unless some shows stay behind in Orlando. Make Golf Channel is going to become another NBC Sports channel or something like that? I can't imagine this saves NBC much money, given that the cost of living is probably higher, or likely at least the same, in Stamford than it is in Orlando.

It's a little over an hour, with NO traffic. 90% too much construction on 95, etc. Not to mention too much snow most winters. NBC, who cares. The show belongs in golf weather, and should stay in Orlando. 

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NBC has 300,000 square feet of space in its NBC Sports Group headquarters in Stamford (it leases half of the old Clairol plant). Even with NBC Sports, NBCSN, the Olympics unit and offices for regional networks, there's room left over. Put Golf Channel there to fill it and you can sell the Orlando building. Makes sense except for everyone who'll have to move, and worse for those who are left behind.

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Bean counter decision....nuff said.

I was hoping Golf Channel HQ would have relocated to Vegas....so the LOVELY Holly Sonders would be hired back....just sayin.🙃

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I’m sure that the math works for them, but I agree with the others and feel bad for the employees.  
 

Between the climate and cost of living differences, even those who are offered the opportunity to move will likely have a tough decision to make.  Of course many may not even be given the option.  

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9 hours ago, David in FL said:

I’m sure that the math works for them, but I agree with the others and feel bad for the employees.  
 

Between the climate and cost of living differences, even those who are offered the opportunity to move will likely have a tough decision to make.  Of course many may not even be given the option.  

Well, business is all about the math, Or the money. Whichever way you want to look at it. 

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There will be a lot of turnover.  Many of the employees here in Orlando will opt out of the move.

Would be interesting to see if they adjust their (already very low) compensation to entice more to move versus just rehire up there.

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