The Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Championship and other coverages relating to the acclaimed professional golfing event will be delivered by CBS and ESPN starting next year.
This agreement has been inked as an 11-year contract in which CBS will collaborate with the pay-TV sports channel.
As CBS keeps its broadcasting rights to air one of the most-watched professional golfing events, its ties with Turner Sports, its current partner, will be severed.
Together with ESPN and its new streaming service called ESPN+, CBS will work together with them to deliver over 175 cumulative hours of the PGA Championship’s live coverages.
In a statement, Turner Sports affirmed its successful collaboration with the PGA of America for a long time that has improved the viewing experiences of golf enthusiasts.
The management of the TV channel owned by telecommunications giant, AT&T, expressed their well-wishes for the golfers’ association.
Sean McManus, CBS Sports’ chairman, said that the transferring of the PGA Championship’s date from May 16 to 19, 2019 have made it more enticing for his network.
This is due to the likelihood of more enthusiasm from advertisers and the obtaining of higher ratings. He said that the PGA tournament is a “signature event” and a “key, marquee property” for his network.
Under the terms of the agreement, CBS obtains digital rights which include presentations of golf coverages on all mobile applications, at CBSSports.com, and at CBS All Access.
During the PGA Championship Week, CBS will also provide on-site supplementary programming on the CBS Sports Network and its social media and digital platforms.
Meanwhile, ESPN and ESPN+ will present pre-tournament, actual, and supplemental coverages of the PGA Championship.
PGA Chief Executive Officer Seth Waugh remarked about the key importance of CBS Sports in the existence of the PGA of America.
For almost 50 years, CBS Sports has delivered the important tournaments to golf aficionados in the country, he said. Waugh expressed his excitement with the partnership of CBS Sports with ESPN because of the employment of state-of-the-art technology.
He said that the PGA is a major and historic event which golf fans worldwide are enthusiastic about and the collaboration will help expand golf as an acclaimed sport.
The PGA was last broadcasted on ESPN in 1990. CBS Sports has been the home network of the PGA Championship since 1991. It first aired the sports event between 1958 and 1964.