Originally Posted by Lkr
I really don't understand this tournament, even as a golf fan. It is one of the nicest courses in the world, do not get me wrong, but I do not understand why the TV coverage has to be so limited. This is supposed to be a major tournament, yet CBS isn't allowed to air anything until almost an hour after the last group tees off on Saturday. We put up with this every year, but I don't understand why. ESPN has no problems broadcasting The Open Championship at 4am EST, so I don't see why Augusta won't let the broadcasters show more, since we all know ESPN and CBS would pay up to cover more of it.
It's their course and their club. They set the standard for what is broadcast and how it's broadcast. They only sign a one-year contract for each year of coverage. Heck, even the Master's merchandise is only available for 7 days.
The downside is the limited coverage.
The upside is some of the best pictures on TV - they wired the course for HD, there are no pop-ups for other programs, no on-screen bug, super limited amount (4 minutes per hour) of commercials and lots of action (what happened, you miss Oosthuizen's double eagle at #2?).
It adds a lot of mystique to a golf major.