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April 24, 2003 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Niche channels keep popping up left and right. And it was the Golf Channel, which launched Jan. 17, 1995, that started the madness. The Tennis Channel begins a 19-day preview period Saturday in which it will be available for cable distributors to show to their subscribers if they desire. The channel will officially launch May 15 in about 3 million digital cable homes.
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April 10, 2014 | David Lazarus
Call it a curveball that nobody wants to swing at. After decades of forcing consumers to pay for channels they don't want, the pay-TV industry is strongly resisting Time Warner Cable's efforts to make subscribers of all its rivals pony up $4 to $5 a month for a Dodgers channel. All eyes are currently on satellite heavyweight DirecTV, whose 1.2 million Los Angeles customers give it a roughly 30% share of the local pay-TV market, slightly less than Time Warner's estimated one-third market share.
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February 18, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
Jim Gray was pulled from Golf Channel's coverage of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club on Friday after he and Bobby Brown, caddie for Dustin Johnson, exchanged heated words Thursday. Johnson, who last year led this tournament for the first two rounds, almost missed his tee time Thursday. Johnson said his caddie had mistaken his Wednesday pro-am 8:12 a.m. start and Thursday's scheduled 7:32 a.m. start. Johnson missed being disqualified by seconds and incurred a two-shot penalty.
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April 5, 2014 | By Teddy Greenstein
You know the sound a golf gallery makes when a five-foot birdie putt lips out? Ohhhhhhhhh. That's the groan that also accompanied the news that a rehabbing Tiger Woods would miss the Masters for the first time since 1994. That year, Jose Maria Olazabal triumphed on a 6,925-yard course, and Woods was voted "most likely to succeed" by classmates at Western High in Anaheim. Without Woods, there's no "Will he pass Jack Nicklaus" talk. There's less buzz. Fewer casual fans will tune in. CBS' Jim Nantz, during an appearance on "The Dan Patrick Show," called Woods' absence "the story that dwarfs all others.
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January 22, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Thank goodness Jack Nicklaus turned 70 on Thursday. Because if you are the Golf Channel and you're televising the Bob Hope Classic for three hours on that afternoon and there is no golf and only rain, you've got time to fill. Billy Andrade, who along with Judy Rankin is a new member of the Golf Channel team, said he was enjoying the free-flowing, on-the-fly experience Thursday. For example, he got to tell of his first meeting with Nicklaus. It was when Andrade was playing college golf at Wake Forest when Nicklaus' son, Jackie, was playing at North Carolina.
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April 9, 1998 | LARRY STEWART
Need more on the Masters than CBS and USA can provide? There is always the Golf Channel. "Golf Central," the only half-hour nightly news program on television devoted strictly to golf, will offer extensive highlights every day at 4:30 p.m. There is also "Viewer's Forum," with Peter Kessler and golf analyst Mark Lye, nightly at 5 and 9. There will be a special two-hour edition Sunday night.
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January 12, 2006 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
If you're looking for the Bob Hope Classic on television beginning in 2007, you'll have to find the Golf Channel on the remote control. Under the PGA Tour's new six-year television contract announced Wednesday, the cable channel will be the new home of the 47-year-old tournament, which will not be telecast by a network for the first time. ABC's final Hope telecast is next week.
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February 26, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
The fans call their names. "Tiger, sign my arm," and "Please, Phil, sign my hat. " Yet it seems as if the most often-heard shout at professional golf tournaments televised by the Golf Channel and CBS is, "David, please, look this way. " Tiger Woods. Phil Mickelson. David Feherty. The three biggest rock stars in golf right now. Feherty was a golfer once too, a pretty good one, and he understands what it is like to be a star. He just wishes people would shut up about it sometimes.
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October 22, 2006 | Greg Johnson, Times Staff Writer
ESPN redefined sports broadcasting in 1979 by offering a smorgasbord of programming. But entrepreneur Joseph E. Gibbs and golf legend Arnold Palmer subsequently proved that some fans have an appetite for a channel that serves up only a single sport 24/7.
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March 21, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Tiger talked Sunday. For five minutes. To two chosen outlets. He wore an olive-green sweater, a yellow golf shirt and an emotionless face. He stood with his hands crossed and tired-looking eyes and for 10 minutes answered questions for the first time since a car accident Nov. 27 set off a chain of events that has included his admission of marital infidelity and his absence from tournament golf. In two interviews orchestrated by his representatives, Woods spoke for five minutes first to ESPN reporter Tom Rinaldi, then to Golf Channel anchor Kelly Tilghman in the gated community near Orlando, Fla., where he lives.
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April 4, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Paulina Gretzky isn't a professional golfer. Her connection to the golf world is as the fiance of PGA player Dustin Johnson. Apparently that was good enough for Golf Digest magazine to put the scantily clad 25-year-old daughter of NHL legend Wayne Gretzky on the cover of an upcoming edition that hits tablets on April 8 and newsstands April 15. “Sports figures, celebrities and models have appeared on Golf Digest covers since the magazine's beginning,"...
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March 24, 2014 | By James Barragan
Michael Whan remembers the first question he was asked by the media after taking over as LPGA commissioner in January 2010: What was he going to do about the overwhelming international influence on the tour? "I want to pour more gas on the fire," he replied. At the time, this was not well-received. The LPGA was reeling from the economic downturn and the tour was struggling to find sponsors, and had shrunk its schedule from 37 events in 2008 to 28 in 2009. On top of that, American players were overshadowed by rising international stars on a tour that played the majority of its events in the U.S. But where others saw trouble, Whan saw an opportunity to spread the game across borders to attract new sponsors.
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February 15, 2014
We are going to tuck away the stern, objective journalistic approach for a day and suggest you root. That means you, golf fans. Or you, general sports fans - anybody with a TV that gets the Golf Channel and CBS. Click it on Sunday and root. Better yet, come on out to Riviera Country Club and walk alongside one stumpy little guy, whose curly hair flows out from under his cap like he's a Rory McIlroy impersonator and whose putter, at the moment, is also impersonating McIlroy in his good days.
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November 19, 2013 | By David Wharton
Golf's newest rule change comes a little too late for Tiger Woods. The U.S. Golf Assn. -- along with its British partner, the R&A -- has decided that a ball at rest "will not be deemed to have moved if that movement was not reasonably discernible to the naked eye at the time. " In other words, tournament officials cannot use high-def, super slo-mo video to determine if a ball moved as a player picked at adjacent twigs or other debris. Woods was penalized two strokes at the BMW Championship in September after he removed loose impediments from around his ball.
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October 31, 2013 | By David Wharton
Golf commentator Brandel Chamblee will resign from his job writing columns for Golf.com, acknowledging that he made a "mistake" when he insinuated that Tiger Woods had cheated on the PGA Tour. Chamblee addressed the issue during an interview on the Golf Channel, where he works as a television analyst. "There's no way that I could know with 100% certainty what Tiger's intent was in any of those situations," he said. "That was my mistake. " In his column for Golf.com, which is operated by Sports Illustrated, Chamblee referred to penalties that Woods drew at the Masters, the BMW Championship and a tournament in Abu Dhabi.
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October 22, 2013 | By David Wharton
Golf commentator Brandel Chamblee is not backing down from his insinuation that Tiger Woods cheated on the PGA Tour this season. In a recent column for Golf.com, Chamblee gave Woods an "F" for the 2013 season, writing that the world's top-ranked player was "a little cavalier with the rules" and that "ethics matter more than athletics. " Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, quickly fired back with threats of legal action. "There is nothing you can call a golfer worse than a cheater," Steinberg told ESPN.com.
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April 10, 2014 | David Lazarus
Call it a curveball that nobody wants to swing at. After decades of forcing consumers to pay for channels they don't want, the pay-TV industry is strongly resisting Time Warner Cable's efforts to make subscribers of all its rivals pony up $4 to $5 a month for a Dodgers channel. All eyes are currently on satellite heavyweight DirecTV, whose 1.2 million Los Angeles customers give it a roughly 30% share of the local pay-TV market, slightly less than Time Warner's estimated one-third market share.
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February 22, 2012
FACT BOX What: World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. Where: Marana, Ariz. When: Today through Sunday. TV: Today, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. PST, Golf Channel; Thursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Golf Channel; Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Golf Channel; Saturday, 9-11 a.m., Golf Channel; 11 a.m.-3 p.m., NBC; Sunday, 6-11 a.m., Golf Channel; 11 a.m.-3 p.m., NBC. Who to watch: The world's four top-ranked golfers — Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer — lead the field of 64. Steve Stricker (No. 5)
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October 10, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
The PGA and NBC announced Friday that the the Ryder Cup, the most prestigious team event in golf, will stay on the network through 2030. NBC has televised the competition since 1991. This agreement features new programming and special coverage of the Ryder Cup including: Ryder Cup preview shows, vignettes, features, reports and points updates on NBC and the Golf Channel, a Ryder Cup documentary series on both networks,  live coverage of practice rounds (for the first time ever) and the Ryder Cup captain selection show on Golf Channel, and new Ryder Cup highlights programming on Telemundo and Mun2 to expand Spanish-language viewing opportunities.
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