The Mid-Am and Senior-Am always have compelling story lines (maybe more than even the US Am), and I think that the average golf fan can certainly appreciate how good these guys are (considering that the competitors are simultaneously juggling careers and competing at the highest level). It doesn’t get much more entertaining than watching prestigious match-play events where national titles hang in the balance.
With that said, are there simply not enough potential viewers to justify broadcasting these events?
I know that, this year, I was searching everywhere for coverage of both, and instead had to watch bits and pieces that the USGA streamed on Twitter via Periscope.
The US Am and Walker Cup events were televised, and both events were highly entertaining, and the coverage was phenomenal. I feel like the Mid-Am and Senior-Am could have been successfully televised, too (even if only from the semis on). Get Bacon and Co. back together, throw in Buddy Marucci (who’s already a part of the US Am and Walker Cup broadcast teams), and give it a go.
Maybe I’m biased being from Pittsburgh since I want to see how perennial contenders Nathan Smith and Sean Knapp fare, but I think I’d watch regardless.