Best TV Deal Beat Reporting Exposing Fun Little Facts You Won't Read Anywhere Else

2006yearinreview.gifAfter Golf World's Stu Schneider broke the news that ABC was out of the new PGA Tour TV deal, the newspaper scribes did the best work in highlighting the best and worst of the new contract.

Robert Bell had the Greensboro perspective, including the revelation that Mark Steinberg was earning some nice cash on the side as a consultant.

Garry Smits kept tabs on the TPC Sawgrass redo and for documenting some fine MBAspeak that justified the Players Championship's move to May.

Ed Sherman in the Chicago Tribune and and Len Ziehm in the Sun Times did stellar work covering the Western Open's demise

Steve Elling, Steve Campbell and Craig Dolch offered more general perspectives, but still good ones you can read here, here and here.

Sam Weinman on Westchester situation as well as coverage leading up to the U.S. Open at Winged Foot.

Lorne Rubenstein for eyeing the demise of the Canadian Open.

Brian Allee-Walsh in the New Orleans Times-Picayune for coverage of post Katrina and the TPC New Orleans recovery.

Bruce Berlet on the off and on Hartford situation.

Thomas Boswell for blasting and Len Shapiro for diplomatically criticizing the handling of the Booz Allen

Gary D'Amato on Milwaukee situationLarry Bohannan on the Hope Classic's move to the Golf Channel.

Gerry Dulac (here) and Mike Dudurich on the 84 Lumber Classic's demise.

And finally, Mick Elliott on the sponsor troubles in Tampa.

I'm sure I'm forgetting someone, but those were just the ones I stumbled across in reviewing all of the great coverage this year.