via press release:
NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS 16 HOURS OF LIVE COVERAGE ON NBC & NEARLY 50 HOURS OF NEWS COVERAGE ON GOLF CHANNEL FOR 2011 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP FROM CONGRESSIONAL
Actioncam Makes U.S. Open Debut Providing Unique Views of 18th & 10th Holes
Weekday Coverage to be Simulcast Live and in HD on NBCSports.com
“Patriotism right now is running pretty high in this country and I think it’s really exciting to have the national championship back in the nation’s capital.” – Dan Hicks
“It’s just the hardest championship to win.” – Johnny Miller
NEW YORK – June 15, 2011 – The NBC Sports Group will present unprecedented national, regional and digital coverage this week of the 2011 U.S. Open Championship from Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.
“Golf Channel on NBC” will present 16 hours of live coverage this Thursday-Sunday, making the U.S. Open the only tournament with weekday network-television coverage. Golf Channel will provide nearly 50 hours of news coverage on site from Congressional throughout the week and Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will be at the course providing robust coverage to its local viewers. NBCSports.com and GolfChannel.com are teaming up to provide the most comprehensive digital coverage of the championship in their respective histories, including a simulcast of NBC’s weekday coverage.
Bob Costas will serve as event host for all four rounds of NBC’s coverage the 2011 U.S. Open Championship. Host Dan Hicks and analyst Johnny Miller, together for their 12th season, anchor coverage from the 18th-hole tower. Hicks and Miller are joined by tower reporters Gary Koch and Peter Jacobsen; on-course reporters Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing and Dottie Pepper; interviewer/essayist Jimmy Roberts and Golf World’s Tim Rosaforte.
Following is “Golf Channel on NBC” live coverage this week (all times ET):
Thursday: 3-5 p.m.
Friday: 3-5 p.m.
Saturday: 2-8 p.m.
Sunday: 1:30-7:30 p.m.
ACTIONCAM: For the first time in its history, NBC will utilize Actioncam, an overhead cable-suspended aerial camera system, to cover the U.S. Open. It will ‘fly’ over the small lake that separates the 18th and 10th holes, providing unique, first-of-its-kind images.
For the U.S. Open, Actioncam will be setup as a wireless two-point system. Actioncam has developed advanced software and hardware that allows it to fly up to 50 miles per hour while remaining agile and stable. It typically takes two days to set up the system.
Actioncam is one of 55 cameras being used by NBC Sports to produce the Open. Following are some additional production elements by the numbers:
1,080,000 Feet of Fiber Optic Cable
Golf Channel is primed to deliver nearly 50 hours of comprehensive news coverage of this week’s U.S. Open featuring live news reports, inside analysis, player interviews, special guest appearances and compelling features of the men’s second major championship of 2011.
Live From the U.S. Open will deliver wrap-around news coverage before and after tournament play. Morning Drive, the network’s live, weekday morning show, will air bonus shows and expand to seven days this week, featuring daily special guests from Congressional. The Grey Goose 19th Hole will broadcast live from Congressional, Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET, featuring PGA TOUR Professional Steve Flesch as a guest panelist.
David Feherty will join Golf Channel’s Live From coverage as a contributing analyst throughout the week on-site at Congressional. Joining Feherty on the broadcast team will include Kelly Tilghman, Rich Lerner, Kraig Kann, Steve Sands, Brandel Chamblee, Frank Nobilo, Charlie Rymer, Mark Lye, Mark Rolfing, John Feinstein, Alex Miceli, Todd Lewis, Ken Schofield, Tim Rosaforte, Jason Sobel, Rex Hoggard, Jay Coffin, Randall Mell and John Hawkins. Golf Channel on NBC analysts Dottie Pepper, Roger Maltbie and Gary Koch also will join Live From throughout the week, and Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller will join for weekend news coverage.
On Wednesday from 8-9 p.m. ET within Live From the U.S. Open, Golf Channel will air Golf Talk Live, where Golf Channel and “Golf Channel on NBC” on-air personalities will discuss the hot topics in golf. Moderated by Rich Lerner, the show will feature panelists David Feherty, Brandel Chamblee and Mark Rolfing.
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic
‘SportsNet Central’ will serve the viewers in the Washington/Baltimore region throughout the week-long tournament with expanded editions, special guest analysts and on-site news, analysis and opinion from Congressional. The daily news program – which airs live at 6 p.m., 10 p.m., 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. – will be presented in a special one-hour format from 6-7 p.m. each day of the tournament (June 13-19), as well as at 10 p.m. on Sunday, June 19. The program’s multiple other daily airings will also feature complete coverage of the U.S. Open throughout the week.
Brent Harris will lead ‘SportsNet Central’ coverage of the U.S. Open from Congressional, with Kelli Johnson and Russ Thaler reporting. Special guest analyst Gary Williams, the former head coach of Maryland’s men’s basketball team, will be on location with Comcast SportsNet from Friday, June 17, to Sunday, June 19. Julie Donaldson and Chris Miller will anchor the 6 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. editions of ‘SportsNet Central’ each day from the studio – with the exception of Monday – and will be joined by Golf Channel’s Mike Ritz, who will serve as in-studio analyst. Michael Jenkins will host the 1 a.m. ‘SportsNet Central.’
In addition to its regular live airings at 5 p.m. each weekday, ‘Washington Post Live with Ivan Carter’ will also be presented live at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, and Friday, June 17. The daily half-hour talk show will feature a host of golf-related guests – including Ritz and John Feinstein – throughout the week to deliver news, analysis and opinion surrounding the event.
NBCSports.com and GolfChannel.com will fully integrate their sites to produce one U.S. Open digital platform for golf fans that will share popular on-air commentators and digital writers. The highlights of this new combined effort include:
Live HD simulcast of “Golf Channel on NBC” coverage Thursday and Friday (3-5 pm ET), including the ability to pause, rewind and slow-mo any part of the coverage.
Live HD coverage of Congressional’s “Featured Holes” (Nos. 10 & 18) on Saturday (2-8 p.m. ET) and Sunday (1:30-7:30 p.m. ET).
Live U.S. Open Wrapup Shows, presented by Lexus, after the conclusion of all four rounds of play. The talent will be from Golf Channel for the first time.
Live mobile simulcast of all four rounds of “Golf Channel on NBC” coverage on VCAST and MobiTV.
A live Twitter feed of some of the top personalities and analysts in golf available as a companion to all the live-streaming video.
Full highlights and interviews from on-site all four days of play.
ProGolfTalk will provide live updates and interviews from on-site at Congressional all four days and can be accessed from the Sports Talk apps as well (on iPad, iPhone and Android devices).
GolfChannel.com writer Jason Sobel will blog each day of the competition to keep fans up to date as the action unfolds.
Golf Channel personalities Kelly Tilghman and Steve Sands will host live chats Saturday and Sunday. Golf Channel contributor John Hawkins also will host live chats Thursday and Friday.
World-renowned swing coach Hank Haney’s twitter updates during play on Thursday and Friday will be fed directly to GolfChannel.com.
Jason Sobel, Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell, Jay Coffin and Ryan Ballengee will contribute to the newly formed GolfTalkCentral blog, along with daily columns, news articles, features and breaking news on GolfChannel.com.
Morning and evening updates from Golf Channel’s Live From the U.S. Open team will be available each day.
“Tee to Green” features with Frank Nobilo as seen on Live From will be available online.
In addition, CSNwashington.com will provide extensive written content and exclusive video surrounding the U.S. Open throughout the week-long tournament. A team of experienced reporters, including longtime golf writer Len Shapiro, John Eisenberg, Ryan O’Halloran and Rich Tandler, will lead the site’s in-depth coverage.