23 Facts About Golf Channel


Golf Channel is an American sports television network owned by the NBC Sports Group division of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast.

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From 1999 to 2001, Golf Channel would hold part of the PGA Tour's cable rights for early-round coverage.

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In 2002, Golf Channel lost its rights to the main PGA Tour, but gained rights to the developmental Buy.

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In January 2007, Golf Channel became the exclusive cable broadcaster of the PGA Tour as part of a new 15-year contract, replacing ESPN and USA Network.

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Golf Channel programming was broadcast during the daytime hours, and Versus programming was broadcast during the evening and primetime hours.

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On-air synergies between NBC's existing production unit began to take effect in February 2011 at the WGC Match Play Championship, when NBC's golf telecasts took on the Golf Channel branding as "Golf Channel on NBC", in a similar manner to ESPN's co-branding of sports output on ABC.

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In December 2013, Golf Channel unveiled a new logo, implemented in May 2014 to coincide with the 2014 Players Championship.

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In 2014, Golf Channel acquired rights to the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship.

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In 2017, Golf Channel extended its rights to the tournaments through 2029.

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Early round coverage is aired by Golf Channel, which marked the first time ever that Golf Channel had ever broadcast one of the four Men's major golf championships.

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In 2016, Golf Channel acquired the World Long Drivers Association, organizer of the World Long Drive Championships; coverage of its events were subsequently added to the network.

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In 2017, Golf Channel acquired Revolution Golf, an online provider of golf instructional materials.

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In February 2019, Golf Channel announced a new subscription service known as GolfPass.

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In February 2020, it was reported that Golf Channel would consolidate its television operations with the remainder of NBC Sports at its facilities in Stamford, Connecticut, in a move expected to occur over the next 12 to 18 months.

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At the 2022 Players Championship, Golf Channel adopted a special logo used on-air during PGA Tour telecasts and studio programming, which is co-branded with elements of the PGA Tour logo.

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Golf Channel is the pay television rightsholder of the PGA Tour, broadcasting live coverage of early rounds, and early window coverage of weekend rounds prior to network television coverage.

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Outside of events organized by the PGA Tour, Golf Channel carries coverage of the European Tour, LPGA Tour, and Asian Tour.

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Golf Channel was the cable broadcaster of two of the men's majors, including the US Open and other USGA championships and the Open Championship.

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Since its integration with NBC Sports, Golf Channel has been infrequently used as an overflow channel for non-golf programming, including two games of the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, and as part of NBC's "Championship Sunday" effort to televise all matches on the final matchday of the Premier League soccer season.

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Golf Channel uses a number of people for tournament, news and instructional programming.

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Golf Channel is available in Canada on most cable and satellite providers, as it is authorized for carriage as a foreign cable television service by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

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British version of the channel called Golf Channel UK was operated by sporting goods retailer JJB Sports, and was available on the BSkyB satellite service.

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Latin American version of the Golf Channel was launched in 2006 as a DirecTV joint venture, and was acquired from DirecTV by former DirecTV executives Jason Markham and Evan Grayer together with Inversiones Bahia in 2018.

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