CBS golf host Jim Nantz said the network is entering its coverage of the PGA Championship this week with the best buildup it has experienced in its 23 years of covering the major golf tournament.
“We have three highly credentialed major champions this year, then you have Tiger Woods with five wins,” Nantz said Monday in a conference call. “It's a good a storyline as we have had going into a PGA Championship, and on top of that to have Oak Hill as the backdrop for the final decider of the year, it's great stuff.”
Coordinating producer Lance Barrow said CBS Sports will use nearly 70 cameras for its coverage. That's three times what the network uses in covering a regular PGA Tour event and more than it uses for a Super Bowl. Producers expect the high-speed Swing Vision and Pro Tracer, which follows the trajectory of the golf ball, will get plenty of use.
CBS will provide coverage from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The CBS Sports Network also will offer, for the first time, the “PGA Championship Clubhouse Report” from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
Cable partner TNT will have coverage from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
PGA.com will provide live coverage of the marquee group consisting of Woods, Keegan Bradley and Davis Love III at 7:35 a.m. Thursday. The second marquee group of Adam Scott, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson will begin its round on TNT and PGA.com at 12:45 p.m.
— Fox has hired former Pro Bowl cornerback Ronde Barber as a game analyst for its 20th season of NFL coverage. Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver will return for their 12th season as the lead broadcast team. Fox's other NFL broadcast teams are: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa; Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin; Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Erin Andrews; Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jennifer Hale; Dick Stockton, Barber and Kris Budden; Sam Rosen, Heath Evans and Molly McGrath.
— ESPN's “College GameDay” is expanding to three hours on ESPN for an 8-11 a.m. block each Saturday. In recent years, the first hour had aired on ESPNU.
—Pioneering black quarterbacks James Harris, Warren Moon, Marlin Briscoe and Doug Williams discuss integrating the NFL's top position on the next edition of “60 Minutes Sports” at 8 p.m. Wednesday on Showtime.
— Chris Chelios, a Hockey Hall of Fame member, is joining the Fox Sports 1 as an NHL and Olympics analyst. The new channel will launch Aug. 17.