LPGA The Golf Channel Extend Television Contract


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and The Golf Channel have extended their agreement for The Golf Channel to televise a minimum of 10 official LPGA events each year through 2009.
In addition to first-run coverage of these events, The Golf Channel will also be home to complete ball-by-ball coverage of the 2005, 2007 and 2009 Solheim Cup competitions, including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
'We are pleased and excited to extend our deal with The Golf Channel through 2009,' said Ty M. Votaw, LPGA commissioner. 'The Golf Channel has been and continues to be a great partner for the LPGA. In extending our deal with The Golf Channel, it gives millions of golf fans more LPGA coverage than ever before, as well as giving the next three Solheim Cup competitions a home.'
Along with the 10 LPGA Tour events and The Solheim Cup, The Golf Channel will be the host network for the Women's World Cup of Golf, the first two rounds of the McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola, an LPGA major, and the first three rounds of the ADT Championship.
In all, The Golf Channel will air more than 120 hours of first-run coverage of LPGA events in addition to nearly 100 hours of replay coverage.
'As golf's channel, a place where players from around the world and on all tours are showcased, we're extremely excited to be continuing our longstanding partnership with the LPGA,' said The Golf Channel President David Manougian.
'In addition, we are thrilled to be the exclusive broadcaster of The Solheim Cup, the greatest women's event in sports.'
The Golf Channel, which is available in more than half of the U.S. television households, representing nearly 70 million subscribers, as well as in the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan, has aired LPGA tournaments since the cable network was launched in 1995. In fact, the very first live event The Golf Channel aired was an LPGA event, the HealthSouth Inaugural.