Golf Channel on NBC
|Golf Channel on NBC|
|Starring||List of PGA Tour on NBC commentators|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||N/A|
|Running time||180 minutes or until tournament ends|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV),
|Original run||2011 – present|
Golf Channel on NBC is the branding used for broadcasts of golf on the NBC television network. produced by NBC Sports in conjunction with Golf Channel. Its coverage focuses most on the PGA Tour (which NBC shares broadcast rights for weekend rounds with CBS Sports), but also includes other major events such as the Ryder Cup, and USGA events such as the U.S. Open.
While originally using generic branding based off the event or tour (such as The PGA Tour on NBC), NBC's parent company was partly acquired by Comcast in February 2011. As Comcast already owned Golf Channel (who is the PGA Tour's current cable partner), its operations were merged directly into NBC Sports, and golf telecasts on NBC were re-branded as Golf Channel on NBC (in a similar fashion to NBC's co-branding of hockey and football on NBC Sports Network and ESPN's co-branding of sports aired by ABC since September 2006).
Coverage overview 
In 1983, the first Skins Game was held. NBC televised the event throughout the U.S. The only notable affiliate not to televise the first event was KYW-TV in Philadelphia. In 1991, the coverage moved to ABC Sports, after NBC got the rights to Notre Dame football.
The American Century Celebrity Golf Classic was held in 1990 and sponsored by NBC, who broadcasts the second and third round coverage. The game NBC Sports Real Golf was unveiled at the 17th annual American Century Championship Celebrity Golf Event and promoted during NBC's broadcast of the event.
In January 2006, the PGA Tour announced a new set of television deals covering 2007 to 2012. NBC Sports would increase its coverage from 5 to 10 events. NBC also broadcasts the Ryder Cup (since 1991) and the U.S.G.A. Championships, including the U.S. Open (since 1995). NBC is the only one to provide four days of major tournament coverage (CBS, which airs the Masters and the PGA Championship, only provides weekend coverage of its tournaments; starting in 2010, the Open Championship would not be aired live on an over-the-air network at all, with all four rounds airing on ESPN and only edited highlights screened by ABC). The theme music for NBC's U.S. Open coverage is called "In Celebration of Man" by Yanni.
NBC carried the weekend coverage of the JELD-WEN Tradition in 2007, 2009 and 2010. The Golf Channel covered the early rounds (and all four rounds in 2008 while NBC carried the Olympic Games from Beijing). The World Series of Golf was held May 13-16, 2007, and was televised by NBC June 23-24, 2007. Meanwhile, the second event was played May 12-15, 2008, and was televised by CBS on June 28-29.
In 2007, The Shark Shootout was moved to December, and was broadcast live by both Golf Channel and NBC. The event was originally broadcast in the United States by the USA Network and CBS, with USA broadcasting the first round on a tape-delayed basis, and CBS handling the second round live. Not all the country saw the final round live, as CBS' commitment to the NFL only allowed part of the country to see the round as it takes place, with the rest of the U.S. seeing the event beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern Time.
Golf Channel rebranding 
In January 2011, Comcast, owners of Golf Channel, acquired a majority stake in NBC Universal, owners of the NBC network. As a result of the new synergy between NBC Sports and Golf Channel created through the merger, the new branding Golf Channel on NBC was introduced beginning at the 2011 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Additionally, personalities and other staff from Golf Channel and NBC began to be shared between the networks.
- Hyundai Tournament of Champions
- Waste Management Phoenix Open - in years when CBS broadcasts the Super Bowl
- WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
- The Honda Classic
- WGC-Cadillac Championship
- Transitions Championship
- Arnold Palmer Invitational
- Shell Houston Open
- The Players Championship
- U.S. Open
- Deutsche Bank Championship - Playoffs
- BMW Championship - Playoffs
- The Tour Championship - Playoffs
- The Ryder Cup
- The Presidents Cup
See also 
- Sherman, Ed (27 September 2012). "How the Ryder Cup went from nothing to coveted TV property for NBC". Sherman Report. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
- "Chronology of Ryder Cup coverage on American television". Classic Sports TV and Media. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
- Reynolds, Mike. "McCarley To Head Golf Channel, Davis Out At Versus In NBC Sports Group Reorg: Sources". Multichannel News. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
- Williams, Jim. "Jim Williams: Golf coverage has new look". Washington Examiner.