ESPN: “Correct” Coverage Single Live Tiger Shot

For those of you who think the bizarre treatment incurred by CBS in its dealing with The Masters is unique to the television network, consider the most recent, absurd coverage compromise ESPN was forced to make with Augusta National Golf Club.

Tiger Woods 2010 Masters TV Coverage

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ESPN’s coverage of The Masters first round isn’t scheduled to start until 4pm ET next Thursday, meaning the network will miss the first live shots of Woods in his return to golf. With that in mind, ESPN had to undertake the unenviable task of going hat in hand to Augusta National to push for a live coverage allowance of Woods’ early holes.

What ESPN ended up “agreeing” to was just another in a long line of embarrassingly insular broadcast decisions by The Masters. Read more…

Tiger TV To Be Delayed But Masters Site Now Live

Last Saturday I reported that ESPN is not scheduled for live play-by-play coverage of the April 8 first round of The Masters until 4pm ET that day. Until then, there is no pre-scheduled live coverage of the tournament. ESPN has also given no indication that will change.

Tiger's first shots will likely be live on Masters.com

With Woods teeing of on April 8 at 2pm ET at the very latest, ESPN is not pre-scheduled to capture the first shots of the golfer’s comeback live. When I wrote the piece about that lack of live coverage a week ago, the Masters website gave no indication that the first few holes would be covered live online by the tournament’s official website either.

2010 Masters TV Schedule: Tiger Comeback Scheduled To Be On Tape Delay

But in the past week, there’s been a major development to that end. Read more…