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Flashback: CBS President Doesn't Mind Slow Play

Just in case you were shedding a tear for CBS, who mandated a late re-start Monday and then saw a glacial pace send the Farmers Insurance Open more than 30 minutes past the planned conclusion, remember what CBS Sports President Sean McManus told Ed Sherman last August:

I’m not terribly concerned about it. Having watched a lot of golf this year, I know (slow play) has been a topic of discussion. But I haven’t seen it affect too many of the broadcasts. If they play slow because of the course conditions being tough at Kiawah, it adds to the drama.

And as many of you noted yesterday, when they play slow because they are slow, it drains drama right out of the telecast.

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I'll post the same thing I did in the other thread RE: Telecast yesterday:

Unless it is a major, the younger crowd of golfers will continue to find golf coverage completely obsolete.

Some older viewers have caught on with the DVR, but the younger generation DVR's everything. There is no sense watching it live, even if it is Tiger, when you are forced to dedicate an afternoon to watching 2 putts, boring commentary, and then a slew of Cialis and investment commercials.

Many golfers can probably play a full round, come home watch DVR and almost catch up with the coverage. You can literally cut a 5 hour round into simply following the leaders shots in roughly 45 min or so.
01.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChicago John
Slow play is infuriating to watch, whether it's as a spectator or as someone playing who has to put up with it. Tour really needs to address this issue because of the trickle down effect it has on the amateur game. When 30 handicappers are taking 5 minutes to hit a 3 foot putt because they see the professionals do it all the time on TV, it makes the game frustrating for anyone who plays it. Consequently, it becomes very difficult to grow the game when the first experience for a lot of news golfers is a 4-5 hour round (including carts). It is a very unattractive part of the game.
01.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDRM
" . . . it adds to the drama."

"There are no tanks in Baghdad."
01.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLudell Hogwaller
Mark King, Sean McAnus, Tim Finchem....

....guys like this are industry leaders -- it's no wonder golf is struggling.
01.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Two Ed Sherman links on the first page. Well done, Eddie!
01.29.2013 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
CBS Sports Pres: "I’m not terribly concerned about it... But I haven’t seen it affect too many of the broadcasts.... it adds to the drama."

translation: "let 'em whine...the sheep still keep watching...until it affects our bottom lne, tough titty"
01.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
He's an idiot if he equates coping with tough conditions with slow play in general. When players are being taxed or blown about, viewers are not clocking them -- they are sympathising. Long way from some moron stalking a short putt as if it is for the cure for cancer.
01.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
Johnny Boy, you've hit it exactly, precisely, perfectly on the head. There's no way I would be considered a "young viewer," but the DVR is now my lifeline for ALL network television. I absolute never watch anything "live" anymore, be it the NFL Playoffs featuring our Seattle Seahawks or professional golf at ANY level (the the possible exception of the Masters whose wonderfully rare 30-second breaks aren't usually enough trouble to mess with.)

When you're sitting there with the remote control, fast-forwarding through every extended break and promotional announcement, it only serves to highlight just how INUNDATED professional golf events are with TV commercials but happily, I didn't see a single one. However, I did become bored watching golfers stand around, enduring endless waits while some other pro debated his caddy over a simple club selection.

Still, we're always hearing how "high end" sponsors just LOVE the audience for golf; upscale with plenty of disposable income. Nevertheless, as more and more geezers continue to learn the advantages of the DVR, networks and sponsors will find that their precious upscale golfing geezer will pay their commercial breaks about the same amount of attention as a 13-year-old locked into Halo.
01.29.2013 | Unregistered Commenterbenseattle
I agree Ben. Its an on-going problem for all stations now, because people are fed up with their commercials.

The NFL is a rare example where many will watch it live (I like you don't, and love the RedZone channel for that reason).

But the eroding problem is that as the commercials begin to generate less revenue, networks have to come up with news ways to generate revenue. So what do they do? They start advertising while play is going on. We see this with CBS advertising there shows from time to time, but this will no doubt become a much bigger issue in the next 10 years.

Watch an NFL game and notice all of the advertising they do once they come back from break and between plays. It's pathetic.
01.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChicago John
The impact of the slow play on Television could have been substantially reduced if they simply cut to golf shots from the remaining 80 some odd players, instead of Tiger and his group (neither of whom were in contention). Even if they are going to (recently) taped hightlights or lowlights (ie:"this was just minute ago back on 7, ect) it fills up the time much better than watching Tiger stand around on the the tee box. If all else fails, the old standbye of watching guys hit into the 18th green and recapping their event is better than that.
01.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
McManus should be forced to watch his own uninterrupted broadcast. That would fix it.

Why the huge # of putts shown? Unless they're meaningful I could do without. Kinda like my playing partners, you know? Is it because cameras are fixed around greens and shots from the fairways have to be chased down? So towers are for glider and crowd shots?
01.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAG
He doesn't mind slow play....

and I don,t mind not watching his network.
01.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStanley Thompson
Why is it Customer Unappreciation Day every day with the PGA telecasts (masters excluded)? They have a premium audience ($400 drivers and $4 balls) and the make the telecast absolutely unwatchable. Could I get a feed that would be very limited commercials for $100 or $200/yr? You wou think they would work this problem backwards from the end consumer back to what they would like to see ( dramatic golf skills at a reasonable pace with limited interruptions (see masters). DVR is only choice.
01.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterVRWC
Suppose your Internet Provider interrupted your service every 7 minutes with ads, during which you were unable to continue browsing - how pissed off would you be ? TV is the least customer-friendly experience of all channels, made more obvious now by the multiplicity of alternatives.
01.30.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdavid
What John from Chicago said. What Ben from Seattle said.

I've had a TiVo since 1999 and rarely watch a tournament in real time. The same goes for most of my golf pals. We used to bother to say "don't tell me about X, I'm TiVoing/DVRing it" but not so much anymore -- we're all doing it. And while we might think of ourselves as young, the truth is we're all just celebrating the 40th anniversary of being a teenage or 20-something.
01.30.2013 | Unregistered CommenterF. X. Flinn
Golf telecasts have been awful for at least a decade. I just watch the first three majors live, the rest, I sometimes dvr or I'll watch the highlights on-line or if there was an amazing shot, it gets to YouTube.

Golf is not conducive to television broadcasts, but imho, the technology to vastly improve it up is available. Do something to make the telecasts better, reduce commercial time and more people will watch in addition to speeding up play.
01.30.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohn

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