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    LIV Golf’s David Hill on golf TV’s ‘horrendous fact,’ recruiting new expertise

    Greg Norman has closed in on a number of high-profile targets for LIV Golf’s broadcasts in latest weeks.

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    On the subject of golf tv, David Hills says there’s excellent news and there’s dangerous information.

    The dangerous information? Golf tv is dying.

    And the excellent news? He’s right here to reserve it.

    The legendary sports activities tv producer (and longtime EP of Fox Sports activities) has invested a substantial quantity of power into golf tv within the months since taking a job as a broadcast guide for the Saudi-backed LIV Golf. He, alongside an skilled workforce of producers and tv professionals, has been accountable for taking the nascent sports activities league’s broadcast off the bottom flooring. And after many hours of cautious consideration, it brings him no pleasure to report that golf tv is headed for disaster.

    “How lengthy do we have now? Right here’s the horrendous fact about golf,” Hill instructed “The Ourand and Marchand Sports activities Media Podcast” earlier this week. “The final figures I noticed about golf, 50 % of the tv viewers was 65+, which implies they’re lifeless in 25 years. Seventy-eight % was 50+. So what does that inform you? The viewers is dying.”

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    Hill’s employer, LIV Golf, has expended appreciable sources catering its product to youthful viewers. This, he stated, is not any accident.

    “I haven’t been to both of the 2 tournaments, however apparently, in accordance with the blokes who have been there, is that the individuals who have been turning up have been like 35 and beneath,” Hill stated. “So it’s recent, it’s new and it’s totally different. There you go. It’s easy as that.”

    However even when the early returns have been optimistic, Hill is within the enterprise of getting individuals to observe golf tournaments, not essentially attend them. To that finish, LIV has been energetic in courting a collection of high-profile on-air skills so as to add to its present crew. Up to now, David Feherty constitutes the upstart league’s greatest addition, however rumors proceed to swirl round others, like Gary McCord.

    “Our very first assembly once we began discussing the philosophy of the telecast was instantly after I’d simply come again from John Madden’s funeral,” Hill stated. “What that bolstered was the significance of nice announcers. The announcer is the important thing. As a result of sports activities are all about human beings to human beings, and the announcer does that. There are a number of nice announcers, there’s numerous good ones, and there’s quite a few dangerous ones.”

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    In reality, LIV’s greatest broadcast goal might be a person with no background on the planet {of professional} golf: Charles Barkley. Barkley’s identify has been tied to LIV ever since he appeared at an impromptu dinner with Norman. He has stated he’s ready on the league to current him with a proposal, however he’d be keen to leap — as long as the worth is correct.

    “I don’t know what Charles and Greg talked about,” Hill stated. “However you should admit that Charles should convey one thing to the commentary. I feel Charles would possibly convey somewhat bit extra power. Who is aware of?”

    For David Hill and LIV, that’s the important thing: including one thing, something, to show the tide of the game (and it certain wouldn’t damage if a TV contract got here with it).

    “What we’re doing with LIV Golf, we have now Arlo White, we’re thrilled to get David Feherty, as a result of David truly injects enjoyable into the commentary. And we’re taking a look at another guys so as to add to it,” Hill stated. “It’s the commentary that does it. They’re crucial a part of any producer’s weapon.”

    James Colgan Editor

    James Colgan is an assistant editor at GOLF, contributing tales for the web site and journal. He writes the Sizzling Mic, GOLF’s weekly media column, and makes use of his broadcast expertise throughout the model’s social media and video platforms. A 2019 graduate of Syracuse College, James — and evidently, his golf recreation — remains to be defrosting from 4 years within the snow. Previous to becoming a member of GOLF, James was a caddie scholarship recipient (and astute looper) on Lengthy Island, the place he’s from. He might be reached at [email protected]

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