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Begins 2019, 12-year deal. It will include an over-the-top service

So here's where things get tricky in Canada; under the current arrangement, Global (or, from time to time, TSN) tends to have weekend coverage of most events for simsubs with U.S. networks, but the early round coverage is just unsold in such a way that Golf Channel's coverage is avaliable in Canada straight from the U.S.

Will there be any sublicensing, given that Discovery isn't really that invested in sports in North America as they are in Europe? Will Golf Channel turn into a blackout fest and eventually get dropped by providers?

Discovery, technically, has relationships with both Bell and Corus due to their purchase of Scripps Networks, so perhaps their relationships could help maintain the status quo. Either that, or weekend coverage from the U.S. networks might not have simsubs any longer if they choose not to sublicense to TSN, Sportsnet, and/or an OTA broadcaster
 

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I've seen early round PGA coverage on DAZN for the past few months. Wonder if this will affect their agreement.
 

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Good news, seems to not have affected Golf Channel's coverage yet.

Though we know that the new Discovery service will be known as GolfTV and replace PGA Tour Live for sure (in the U.S., PGA Tour Live moved directly under NBC Sports' subscription arm this year too)
 

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Did notice that, although RDS was airing a French feed of the Farmers Insurance Open going on today, Global does not seem to be simsubbing the network coverage of this or the Phoenix Open next week. For all we know, the GolfTV deal may have only replaced Global (which would be a bit counter-intuitive imo; wouldn't you want to have a linear broadcaster to shill your new service during the commercial breaks on?

Did Global ever air simsubs of early-season events, or do you think the GolfTV deal replaces them? Either way, Golf Channel seems to still be able to carry coverage in Canada (if that were not the case, given that it said Discovery's contract took effect at the beginning of the year, we probably would have had blackouts).
 

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TSN has a schedule up.

Weekend rounds for selected events are going to be simulcast between TSN and CTV 2; I guess either TSN wasn't interested in having all the events, or Discovery is limiting the number of events they're sub-licensing to TSN.

Either way, if you like your golf with considerably fewer botched Global simsubs than ever before, this is a win in a way.
 

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The PGA CHAMPIONSHIP is now taking place in May instead of August. TSN delivers complete coverage of the PGA CHAMPIONSHIP, which began this morning (May 16) at 8 a.m. ET and continues through to the final round on Sunday, May 19 at 11 a.m. ET.

TSN and TSN Direct subscribers can access live streaming and on-demand viewing of the network’s exclusive live coverage on TSN.ca and the TSN app, with French-language coverage available on RDS.

Full Press Release
 

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Marking the culmination of a long-term strategic planning process designed to best serve fans through traditional broadcast, Over-the-Top streaming (OTT) and emerging technologies, the PGA TOUR today announced its new nine-year U.S. media rights portfolio for 2022-2030.

Nine-year deals with ViacomCBS, Comcast/NBC Sports Group, The Walt Disney Company’s ESPN+ will allow TOUR to significantly expand its content offerings; LPGA to receive expanded exposure through first-ever joint negotiations

CBS and NBC will maintain weekend coverage of most FedExCup tournaments, with CBS averaging 19 events and NBC eight events each season through the life of the agreements.

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