I just finished watching on YouTube. Coming in with an open mind and limited expectations, I was very impressed with the telecast. What struck me was the almost continuous showing of golf shots. As one who watches golf to see golf shots, I’d like to see the comparison of shots shown per hour between LIV and PGA Tour. I’d bet that LIV had at least 3X the number of shots covered. No commercial breaks, no fluff segments, no announcer babble, no 5 minutes wasted as the sponsor CEO said how glad his company was to dump money on the event and how great the course, weather, and fans were. No minutes wasted as players paced around the fairway, stalked putts, stood across putt lines, read yardage books, or had long discussions with caddies. No long musical lead-ins or taped segments on the local area. Watching the packed progression of golf shots of all kinds, good and bad, was enjoyable. PGA television can learn a lot in this area.
On the negative side, regardless of how much the announcers played it up, the team competition was a non event and added nothing to interest in the telecast. Zero interest. I can’t imagine team competition remaining very long.
Other notes. Shot tracking was used overly sparingly. The leader board “pylon” was useful. Drone shots used were helpful, as was the “player tracker” which showed where members of the threesome were located on the hole from above. The announcers held back on chatter, allowing the video to account for itself. Honest comments on shots, both good and bad. No making excuses for the players. Background sound was well managed, with no idiots yelling “bababoey”, “mashed potato” or “get in the hole” after every shot. Lack of commercial interruptions was a joy, but I assume that they’ll creep in after TV contracts are in place..
I’m sure the LIV haters will find faults, but I’ll watch LIV over the standard Tour broadcast any day.