It's long been an issue: announcer conflicts of interest. Whether it's Johnny Miller's lack of fear in noting the positive equipment changes by Callaway players, Jim Nantz's voice on Titleist ads as he's covering players in the stable, golf announcers have long had low standards when it comes to corporate conflicts.
So when Nick Faldo called Rory McIlroy's now-confirmed departure from Titleist a "dangerous" move, I heard from a Nike fan who suggested that Faldo's alliance with Taylor Made should have been pointed out since it is believed Faldo's endorser lost McIlroy in a bidding war to Nike.
Should we learn in the coming weeks that Taylor Made bid on McIlroy but lost out, does that cloud Faldo's assessment?
Should Golf Channel or CBS note Faldo's affiliation before discussing these issues on air?
I say yes and yes. You say?
PS - here is the video of Faldo chiming in...