Open is a prime-time event
On Sunday, give dad the remote

by Mel Bracht Published: June 13, 2008
For Father's Day weekend, NBC sportscaster Dan Hicks suggests that dad be allowed to watch the U.S. Open, which will be extending into prime time — 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday — on NBC for the first time. Torrey Pines Golf Course's location near the Pacific Coast makes the prime-time broadcasts possible.

"It's really a day to spend with your family, but I think this is a unique opportunity to do that,” Hicks said. "After you have given your dad that eighth straight striped tie, I think you should hand over the remote after dinner and just let him settle in and watch the U.S. Open going into prime time.”

If dad wants to be a real couch potato, he also can watch Game 5 of the NBA Finals from 8 to 10:30 p.m. on KOCO-5. But he should try to talk to his wife and the kids during commercials.

The prime-time broadcasts should boost NBC's ratings. The network also is hoping that fan favorites Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, who are paired for the first two rounds, will be in the final pairing again for the final round.

"With Mickelson growing up just a few minutes away. I don't think there's any other major championship he wants to win more than this one,” Hicks said. "And the fact that he's paired with Tiger, who grew up 90 miles down the road ... I think it would be a pretty unbelievable scenario if on Father's Day those guys, in the late afternoon sun at Torrey Pines, were battling it out.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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Phil Mickelson, left, and Tiger Woods wait to putt on the 12th green on Thursday. The two are paired for the first two rounds of the U.S. Open, and NBC hopes the two fan favorites will be together in the final pairing. Associated Press

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