Augusta chairman Billy Payne announced on Tuesday that an extra hour will be added to next year’s Masters telecast on ESPN for the first two rounds (3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. New York time on April 7 and 8). Meanwhile, UK residents will enjoy 3-D coverage (which is the coolest thing in the world, seriously) — if you actually have the technology (or access to it).
Unlike the other majors, The Masters restricts its TV coverage, like it does with everything else — just to remind us it is super-duper exclusive and special. It also makes us wish that the Green Jackets would extend the telecast to all day like the other majors.
While it’s easy to moan and groan, let’s just be thankful that it’s not aired on a five-hour tape delay like the Ryder Cup next Saturday (Friday and Sunday are live). Apparently NBC is continuing its tradition of depriving fans live coverage for one day every four years when the matches are held across the pond. Which is extra convenient for people like me who have been hired to cover the Ryder Cup remotely. (Don’t worry WSJ.com readers, I’ll just guess what’s happening off the live scoring!)
The More You Know…and The Less You See…Live!