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Tuesday
Aug082017

CBS All In On Technology At The 2017 PGA

If you listened to this week's ShackHouse, you know we're excited to learn from guest Amanda Balionis that CBS is emptying the bucket and giving us lots of technology on this week's PGA Championship telecast.

Martin Kaufmann explains at Golfweek.com what to expect, including this:

For the first time CBS will have Trackman on all 18 holes, cranking out data such as ball speed and curvature, and wireless Toptracer technology to track approach shots.

“I’m most excited that we can use the technology on all 18 holes,” Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports, said during a conference call last week.

CBS also plans to use: ARL Virtual Eye, which shows Trackman tracing of ball flight over a hole graphic adjacent to live shots of players hitting tee shots; bunker cameras; a cable-mounted camera tracking action on the practice range and 4K coverage on DirecTV of the final three holes.

This is clearly a response to good feedback the network has received to its efforts this year, and even if some of the technology is useful only to a hardcore fan, the high-tech look helps modernize the telecast. It's also no coincidence that CBS's contract for the PGA is up after the 2019 event at Bethpage, and discussions about the next deal are expected to start later this year.

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Reader Comments (22)

Nothing wrong with technology as long as its directed in the right direction.
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTom Morris
The term "excited" is overused by TV people and the like.
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterStephen W
Yeah, but will they show any golf? Ads and promos for idiotic tv shows kills their golf coverage.
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTwo Black Labs
Get Two Black Labs another pup. That is the question of the day, "will they show any golf?"
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterConvert
Please, please, please, retire the Bull$shit Bizhub...and Peter Kostas...and Gary McCord...
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBDF
Wouldn't it be more accurate to say this is in response to Fox's expanded use of technology over their 14 months in the golf business?
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJS
BBC coverage is on the red button [I presume limited to UK digital broadcast receivers] plus via BBC website and BBC i Player. So if you can access any of these, then you may have an option.
BDF, the slo-mo camera is great. It's the sponsorship that is grating.

JS, winner, winner, chicken dinner.

Two labs forgot one thing: all the face time Nantz et al. have on camera. And the vignettes(although I think CBS might be better than NBC on that front.) Show the dang golf.
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPat(another one)
It would be really great technology if they could obtain a Feherty Robot to replace Dottie.
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterAkronGolfMan
Agree, JS. IIRC, the split-srceen Trackman at Oakmont turned a lot of heads at the other networks.
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
Can't grow the game if they don't show the shots. Yet more ads, more money for the few.
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
No more McCord. His giggling, squeeling, whatever-the-hell-u-wanna-call-it schtick is painful to listen to and truly cheapens the action. Especially when it's a cool shot or putt and he just keeps ... oozing.
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterConfused
Key Move - Double Play
Tape telecast, get yard work done, begin watching 2 hrs later, no commercials, no vignettes, no promos...none!
Just remember to record extra time on the end. I missed a playoff one time!
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMCARON
Technology could make this the most exciting WachoviGA Championship in years
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDrBunsenHoneydew
TBL, right on, reset to old-fashioned golf coverage.

Amanda is a nice girl, but her interviewing is only adding to the problem of less golf coverage. I don't need whys and hows. I do need seeing more clubs striking more balls.

Just get on with it.
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
I'd love to see stats on "golf shots shown between commercial breaks". Track both shots and putts.

Example: Commercial - 2 full shots, 2 putts, - commercial - 2 putts - commercial .........
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBud
I've often wondered ,in this age of technology, why can't the golf hole be more visible on telecasts. I have HD and it's still a problem to see the hole on the green on tv.
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterSteven T.
Looks like CBS is showing up FOX, who was supposed to be a real innovator in golf coverage for the USGA? Way to go Far Hills!!!
08.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTheFonz
CBS is the worst on total shot coverage period. The European Tour shows shot after shot after shot. No wonder there's so many unknown players on the PGA Tour. We never see them.
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterAL buddy
The featured pairing phenomenon features them walking around mostly, rather than shots from others.
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
ST, you may need HDR. If that doesn't do it, OLED.
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
Keeping with PGA bashing, I'd give the Android PGA Championship ap a negative 1 rating. Chock full of ads with few stories. Scoring only shows a few players thus requires constant scrolling. Constant pinging led me to uninstall after 5 minutes.
08.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCaperman

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