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Jan212014

Beadle: Final Piece Of NBC-Ryder Cup Trade

As reported here last month, NBC/Golf Channel is acquiring Friday Ryder Cup coverage in return for improved Premier League highlight rights for ESPN’s various highlight show. Also part of the trade was a talent component, and as Richard Deitsch reports today, Michelle Beadle is returning to ESPN after a short and unsuccessful stint at NBC Sports Network.

I can report from multiple sources that Beadle was the final piece of the second trade between the networks, the last involving Al Michaels, Friday Ryder Cup coverage and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The complicated nature of the talent and rights swap is the reason this October's change in Friday Ryder Cup networks has not yet been announced.

Still up in the air is the precise location of the Friday Ryder Cup broadcast from Gleneagles. Will it be all Golf Channel or some NBC and how much will be live versus tape-delayed?

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Not on point I know, but they just showed the 1 hr Masters special from 86. First time in a long time watching that. Really amazing. Besides the great play by Jack coming home, I couldn't believe just how awful Norman's second into the 18th was. An iron from the fairway, no more than 180 to just push it 20 rows deep into the patrons ? Wow. Then from Seve, his second into the water at 15 was almost as horrible. Then for him to knock it so far past the hole on his birdie put on 17 ? Finally, I had forgotten what a good opportunity Kite had to tie at 18 - after a great shot, inside 10 feet. Really cool.

Question - when did the move the Sunday pin up to front left ?
01.21.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
I believe Greg's story is that he tried to hit a soft 4 instead of a 5.
01.21.2014 | Unregistered CommenterKeithT
pin was front left in '79
01.21.2014 | Unregistered Commentersmails
The pin on 18 that year was an aberration. In years before and after it was front left.
01.21.2014 | Unregistered CommenterKS
Sorry - the other thing that was interesting is how the announcers on several occasions mentioned it would be his 20th major victory.
01.21.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
<< Sorry - the other thing that was interesting is how the announcers on several occasions mentioned it would be his 20th major victory. >>

Yep but remember that back in '86 the U.S. Am was still considered a Major.... by Jack, anyway.

As soon as the event was over, MacGregor accelerated production on Jack's "ZT" (Zero Twist) oversized putter with the stamp "20th Major" on the bottom next to the logo.

I'm guessing that Tiger Woods is wishing that Amateur wins (3) still counted, huh?
01.21.2014 | Unregistered Commenterbenseattle
Amateur majors always counted until Tiger showed up, remember Jack had to pass Bobby Jones and his 13. Oddly it hurts Tiger that they are not counted as TW has 3 amateurs. Which will be an interesting topic if TW gets within 1 or ties.

Feeling sorry for Beadle, she is getting about as much attention from this blog as she got at NBC.....
01.21.2014 | Unregistered CommenterNo Longer
The U.S. Amateur still counts as a major with some of us. It and the British Am are also included in the first of the two majors listings in the PGA Tour's media guide. Jack 20, Tiger 17. (And holding.)
01.26.2014 | Unregistered CommenterGolden Bell

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