For the first time ever, you can stream one of golf’s ‘Majors’ live from Facebook.
No need for Sky, or any premium tv subscriptions to watch the USPGA Championship with all the best players playing starting on Thursday.
It was announced that the rights to the coverage were won by Eleven Sports, who outbid Sky, who we are used to tuning into for this type of event.
Eleven Sports is a UK-based sports broadcaster owned by Leeds Utd Chairman Andrea Radizzani.
They use a streaming method of broadcasting as opposed to the traditional methods. They have so far picked up the rights to various European football leagues’ matches, some UFC and this could mark their interest in streaming more live golf.
How to watch:
All four days of the USPGA will be watchable from www.elevensports.uk with Thursday and Friday available from Eleven Sports’ UK Facebook page.
You can sign up to a free 7 day trial if you want to watch Saturday and Sunday free of charge.
What does it mean?
It marks a very interesting change to the way in which people will consume golf in the future. Over the last 10 years or so, golf coverage has been largely monopolised by Sky, which a limited number of people have access to – limiting the potential reach of the best that the sport has to offer.
De-centralising the way in which people can enjoy the pinnacle of any sport can, in my opinion, only be a win for reaching new and untapped audiences.
I will be interested to see what the quality of the coverage is like, something that Sky have been recently doing well, but with room for improvement.
Tune in on Thursday to see Tiger and co. battle it out for the year’s final major.
Fancy playing in your own major? This Sunday (12th August), ‘The Players Club’, which spawned out of the growth of 1PUTT, will be hosting it’s 3rd major of the year, The Banstead Downs Invitational, an individual stableford event for a cash prize at Banstead Downs in South London. The field is filling up, email firstname.lastname@example.org to enter now.