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Why the gap?

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Does anyone know why there is a half hour gap between the time when tournament coverage ends on TGC and when it begins on CBS?

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Because the commentators like people to pay attention to them for a half hour, strokes their ego... Drives me crazy golf is Actaully being played and we are watching them talk.
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Originally Posted by clutchshot

Because the commentators like people to pay attention to them for a half hour, strokes their ego...

Drives me crazy golf is Actaully being played and we are watching them talk.


Totally missed the point, but OK.

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Does anyone know why there is a half hour gap between the time when tournament coverage ends on TGC and when it begins on CBS?

I couldn't help but notice that you're also from So. Cal. Everything we watch is delayed.

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I wondered the same thing yesterday. Worked out for me as I was able to run to the store for the wife.
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Originally Posted by Lihu

I couldn't help but notice that you're also from So. Cal.

Everything we watch is delayed.


Sigh.  I must be a really lousy communicator.

I'm not talking about a delay I am talking abut a gap.  Golf Channel coverage ended at 10:30 AM (1:30 PM eastern time) and CBS coverage started at 11:00 AM (2:00 PM eastern time).  Causing us to miss holes 2 & 3 for Tiger on Saturday.

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Originally Posted by turtleback

Sigh.  I must be a really lousy communicator.

I'm not talking about a delay I am talking abut a gap.  Golf Channel coverage ended at 10:30 AM (1:30 PM eastern time) and CBS coverage started at 11:00 AM (2:00 PM eastern time).  Causing us to miss holes 2 & 3 for Tiger on Saturday.

I think that you are just looking at it backwards.  It wasn't all that long ago that golf was on CBS (or whichever network had that weeks tournament) and CBS only.  And it still didn't come on until noon.  So, it's not that you are NOT getting to watch golf from 11:30-12 so much right now ... it's moreso that you ARE getting to watch golf from 10-11:30.  Know what I mean??

But, to answer your question ... I don't know.  I think that oftentimes the half hour just prior to the coverage is some golf, or at least sports, related nonsense, so presumably CBS wants you to watch that.  Whatever it is, it's safe to say that CBS has the "rights" from 11:30 and on.

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Sigh.  I must be a really lousy communicator. I'm not talking about a delay I am talking abut a gap.  Golf Channel coverage ended at 10:30 AM (1:30 PM eastern time) and CBS coverage started at 11:00 AM (2:00 PM eastern time).  Causing us to miss holes 2 & 3 for Tiger on Saturday.

Ah yes, gap. I rarely watch TV (almost never). Never new that they showed every hole. I assumed there are always commercials or network related stuff.

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Originally Posted by Golfingdad

I think that you are just looking at it backwards.  It wasn't all that long ago that golf was on CBS (or whichever network had that weeks tournament) and CBS only.  And it still didn't come on until noon.  So, it's not that you are NOT getting to watch golf from 11:30-12 so much right now ... it's moreso that you ARE getting to watch golf from 10-11:30.  Know what I mean??

But, to answer your question ... I don't know.  I think that oftentimes the half hour just prior to the coverage is some golf, or at least sports, related nonsense, so presumably CBS wants you to watch that.  Whatever it is, it's safe to say that CBS has the "rights" from 11:30 and on.


Sure, I even remember when all we saw was the last 4-5 holes on Saturday and Sunday.  But it just seems strange that in the middle of this combined coverage there would be a half hour gap.  I certainly appreciate the huge increase in the amount of golf that is televised.

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Originally Posted by turtleback

Sure, I even remember when all we saw was the last 4-5 holes on Saturday and Sunday.  But it just seems strange that in the middle of this combined coverage there would be a half hour gap.  I certainly appreciate the huge increase in the amount of golf that is televised.

Yeah, I certainly don't know the exact reason, but something to do with TV "rights" I'm sure.

Slightly related side note: I used to be a subscriber to the "extra innings" package on cable for all of the MLB games and I remember how annoying it was that ANY game that started during the day on Saturday (like, before 4pm Pacific or something like that) would be blacked out everywhere, regardless of market, simply because fox owned the national rights to that block of time.  If you weren't going to watch your local game, then dagnammit, you were watching whichever game Fox aired (usually Yankees versus somebody ;)) or else you weren't watching baseball at all.

TL;DR ... Tv networks are a-holes.

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I've assumed it was some contractual oddity. It doesn't happen with NBC though, presumably because NBC and GC are the same company. [quote name="Golfingdad" url="/t/68983/why-the-gap#post_878487"]Yeah, I certainly don't know the exact reason, but something to do with TV "rights" I'm sure. Slightly related side note: I used to be a subscriber to the "extra innings" package on cable for all of the MLB games and I remember how annoying it was that ANY game that started during the day on Saturday (like, before 4pm Pacific or something like that) would be blacked out everywhere, regardless of market, simply because fox owned the national rights to that block of time.  If you weren't going to watch your local game, then dagnammit, you were watching whichever game Fox aired (usually Yankees versus somebody ;)) or else you weren't watching baseball at all. TL;DR ... Tv networks are a-holes.   [/quote] Yeah, baseball's blackout policy is insane.
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Originally Posted by Golfingdad

Yeah, I certainly don't know the exact reason, but something to do with TV "rights" I'm sure.

Yeah, I'm sure it is, but they had to have known it was there when they did the negotiating.  I'm just wondering why they did it.  It isn't as if it is to anyone's advantage, as far as I can see.  Weird.

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Originally Posted by turtleback

Yeah, I'm sure it is, but they had to have known it was there when they did the negotiating.  I'm just wondering why they did it.  It isn't as if it is to anyone's advantage, as far as I can see.  Weird.

The coverage that is provided to Sky in the UK also has the gap, even though there is no change in UK provider. So we get to listen to 30 minutes of Denis Pugh ramble on about someone's swing.

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