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Tom Edrington spent the first 10 years of his misguided youth as a sports writer for the Tampa Tribune. His career brought him face to face with many of sports greatest stars -- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Muhammad Ali, Don Shula, countless Hall of Fame NFL stars, more PGA Tour players than he can count. In 1980 he was honored by the Golf Writers Association of America for writing the best news story that year, his coverage of Jack Nicklaus' U.S. Open victory at Baltusrol. Today, 36 years later, golf is still a great part of his life, thanks to competitive playing days and the wonderful people he has met on this fabulous journey.

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    baxter cepeda

    Where was that survey when LIv sold out Portland and Phil had everyone loving him? Like everything with golf establishment this survey is dated and misleading.

    I’m not saying these numbers aren’t true but it’s very misleading after Portland.

    LIv is very young— barely starting —and the old tired Golf population will take a while to adjust. 16 % was a start in London but make no mistake that number grew in Portland and will continue to grow.

    Phil’s numbers, first of all could afford a 14 Point dip as still one of the most popular players in golf history but again by Portland that number is climbing again anyway.

    I’m also not surprised at one of the people who made his living creating the tired broadcast on Golf channel would not see the benefits of the LIv coverage. Yes the LIv guys were a bit over pumped in London but I definitely saw reactions become more appropriate for the situation in Portland.

    The 3 ladies on the coverage for LIv are very good; better than Amanda who’s been on tv a few years. The Asian lady does great work. The black lady also. And then they threw in this smoking hot blonde to show around the fun zone. Let’s just say I enjoyed it.

    Jerry and arlo and the booth is fine with me. The whole thing is just at a different pace. Pga tour coverage are these long drawn out conversations between the announcers as the occasional shot pops up amongst 50
    Graphics and hour plus seemingly endless commercials. LIv just keeps the shots coming.

    But again, I would never expect an established golf producer understanding people want to see golf shots, quick reactions to shots, then more shots.

    Pga tour has issues listening issues with everyone, not just it’s players. A huge thing the pga tour needs is to be less sleepy in its coverage. LIv is working on that while the pga tour still doesn’t get the coverage in golf needs to change to attract 8 year olds, because those 8o year olds…well we know…circle of life and all.


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      Tom Edrington

      Looking at the OVERALL quality of the LIV field, well, it’s about a 15-player exhibition at best.

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