As if the golf wasn’t bad enough, this Woods-Mickelson Las Vegas nonsense was a total technical screw-up.
Turner, the driving force behind golf’s first Pay Per View, issued a statement Saturday night acknowledging that it would be issuing refunds for those who paid $19.99 to stream the match on Bleacher Report Live.
Carriers Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Cox Communications, Dish/Sling TV and AT&T — via its DirecTV and U-Verse platforms — also announced it would not charge customers who paid for the event, either through credits or refunds. Other carriers, including Cablevision and Verizon, have not made decisions.
As it turned out, customers who went to the Bleacher Report Live webpage just before things got underway, had a landing page that didn’t give them the opportunity to purchase the event. That the broadcast was streaming at no cost was a head-scratcher for some, unsure how it could happen after the pay-per-view price had been so bally-hooed.
There were over 500 people on hold online waiting for assistance during one point, according to The Associated Press.
Turner gave this excuse/statement:
“Prior to the start of the event, we experienced a technical issue with the B/R Live paywall page that we tried to quickly resolve. We decided to take down the paywall to ensure that fans who already purchased the event would not miss any action. This did not impact the live streaming of the competition and fans were treated to an event that was both engaging and memorable. Unfortunately, the pre-match technical issue did occur, and we will offer fans who purchased the event on B/R Live a refund.”
Now the debate is on, seeing as how many got it for free, that EVERYONE should NOT be charged.
And that folks, would be justice for this highway robbery of an event.
So it comes as no surprise that we have sentenced Turner, Capital One and every television executive connected to this, to our Dog House.
And they should remain there the rest of the year.