Twitter in talks for PGA rights

17 Jul 2017

Twitter is currently holding negotiations to screen the US PGA Championship 2017. This development comes after PGA of America chief commercial officer, Jeff Price, last week said the organisation would not extend its UK rights deal with pay-television broadcaster Sky in favour of exploring a new model for the event.

Sky’s rights deal for the PGA Championship has run for a decade, but will not be renewed for this year’s tournament which takes place at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina from 10th-13th August. The news came after Sky confirmed that a dedicated golf channel would be part of its revamped sports offering, with 10 channels to be made available from tomorrow (Tuesday).

In January, the PGA Tour agreed a new partnership with Twitter under which the platform will distribute more than 70 hours of live coverage from 31 tournaments for the remainder of the 2016/17 season.

Twitter serves as the exclusive global platform for the coverage, which started with the CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California on 19thJanuary and is set to conclude at the season-ending Tour Championship.