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Wilson Golf Names Judges For ‘Driver vs Driver’ TV Series

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WILSON GOLF ANNOUNCES PANEL OF JUDGES AND HOST FOR ITS UPCOMING SPORTS INNOVATION TELEVISION SERIES ‘DRIVER VS. DRIVER’

Panel Includes Former NFL Linebacker and Avid Golfer Brian Urlacher, Two- Time PGA TOUR Winner Kevin Streelman, Former USGA Technical Director Frank Thomas and Wilson Golf President Tim Clarke

‘Driver vs. Driver’ Currently in Production, Slated to Debut on Golf Channel in Fall 2016; Sports Broadcaster Melanie Collins Tabbed to Host

First-Look Show Preview to Air on Golf Channel’s ‘Morning Drive’ on Thursday, January 28 at PGA Merchandise Show

 

Brian Urlacher, Frank Thomas and Tim Clark
Brian Urlacher, Frank Thomas and Tim Clarke

CHICAGO, January 13, 2015Wilson Golf announced today the panel of judges and host for Driver vs. Driver, a first-of-its-kind television series that is currently in production and debuting on Golf Channel in Fall 2016.

Leading the four-person panel is former National Football League® (NFL) linebacker Brian Urlacher, an avid golfer with a single-digit handicap and a self-professed golf equipment “junkie.” Urlacher retired in 2013 after a 13-year career in the NFL, and now he has turned his competitive focus to the golf course. Alongside Urlacher will be Kevin Streelman, a two-time PGA TOUR winner and Wilson Advisory Staff Member; Frank Thomas, former USGA Technical Director with more than 40 years of golf technology and equipment experience; and Tim Clarke, President of Wilson Golf.

Sports broadcaster Melanie Collins will serve as the host of Driver vs. Driver. Currently a sideline reporter for CBS’ college football and basketball coverage, Collins formerly served as a co-host for Golf Channel’s competition series, Big Break.

Driver vs. Driver will follow the trials and tribulations that aspiring golf equipment designers face as their golf driver ideas and concepts are evaluated, critiqued, refined and tested. The winning design team ultimately will earn $500,000 and the opportunity to have their driver design sold at retail under the Wilson Staff name. The series also will take viewers behind the scenes as Wilson Labs engineers and designers partner with the contestants to take their ideas through prototyping and rigorous testing to refine the concepts until a winner is determined. The winning  driver concept and viable driver will become part of the Wilson Golf line of products in 2017.

“When choosing the panel of judges, we knew we had to have a good mix of professionals that brought a relevant, yet different perspective to the process – from the everyday golfer, to the tour player to an industry expert, “said Clarke. “I also wanted to play a role on the panel because it will be up to our team at Wilson to bring the club to consumers. We’re excited to work with these judges to bring an exciting infusion of innovation to the market.”

“I really love to play this game, and personally enjoy learning about new equipment. When Wilson offered me a position as a judge, I jumped at the opportunity,” said Urlacher. “This is a side of golf I would have never been able to see, and it’s fascinating to see how equipment is developed first-hand. I’m thrilled to be part of the process of selecting an inventor to realize their dream of designing a club that will be sold across the country.”

Production for Driver vs. Driver began in the Fall of 2015 and will continue through the summer. The series is being produced by Golf Channel, whose portfolio of original productions include interview series Feherty hosted by Emmy-nominated sports personality David Feherty, high-quality instruction shows The Golf Fix, School of Golf, Golf Channel Academy and Playing Lessons and a slate of award- winning documentaries and films.

A first look preview of Driver vs. Driver will air on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive live from the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida on January 28. For more information, log on to www.wilson.com/drivervsdriver.

ABOUT WILSON SPORTING GOODS:

Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods Co., a subsidiary of Amer Sports, is one of the world’s leading manufacturer of sports equipment, apparel and accessories. Wilson Golf is a global leader in high performance golf equipment and uses player insights to design products that push golf innovation into new territories. Through its dedication to creating products that enable athletes at every level to perform at their best, Wilson has earned its place as a leader in sporting goods for over a century

ABOUT GOLF CHANNEL

Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. Serving the most-affluent audience in all of television, Golf Channel – co-founded by Arnold Palmer in 1995 and now part of NBC Sports Group – is available in more than 200 million homes in 84 countries and 11 languages around the world. Golf Channel features more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, including tournament action from the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, The Open Championship, Olympics, and Ryder Cup, as well as high-quality news, instruction and original programming. Golf Channel’s digital platforms, headed by GolfChannel.com, are leading golf digital destinations, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf. Fans are able to enjoy 24/7 live streaming of Golf Channel content through Golf Live Extra and NBC Sports Live Extra and select programming is simulcast via SiriusXM’s PGA TOUR Radio. In addition, Golf Channel connects the world to golf through a wide array of digital and lifestyle services including Golf Channel Mobile, a comprehensive app covering golf’s latest headlines, scores and analysis; GolfNow, the world’s largest online tee time booking platform and golf course technology partner, which includes the GolfNow Mobile App, featuring on-course GPS tracking, in-round scoring and game tracking; GolfAdvisor.com, the world’s largest golf course ratings and review resource for golfers, by golfers; a North American network of Golf Channel Academy instructional facilities; and Golf Channel Am Tour, the world’s largest amateur golf tour.

 

NextVR and FOX Sports Partner For Live Virtual Reality Broadcast of U.S. Open

NextVR and FOX Sports Partner For Live Virtual Reality Broadcast of U.S. Open

Network’s First U.S. Open Brings Historic First Live Multi-Camera VR Broadcast Experience

June 17, 2015, LAGUNA BEACH, CA – NextVR, a technology company pioneering capture and delivery of live and on-demand virtual reality experiences, and FOX Sports, the sports broadcasting arm for 21st Century FOX, today announced a partnership to bring live streaming VR to the 2015 U.S. Open. FOX Sports inaugural broadcast of this longstanding USGA tradition kicks off on June 18, 2015 with VR viewership available to fans visiting select hospitality areas of the course.

“Our ongoing efforts with NextVR are exactly the kind of relationships we are exploring with our new FOX Lab platform,” said John Entz, FOX Sports President, Production. “Virtual reality is most certainly delivering a new level of excitement to next-generation production possibilities and it will be great to gauge the reactions of the audiences who get to sample it at the U.S. Open this weekend on FOX.”

NextVR is leading the way in providing live, long-form broadcast quality content across all virtual reality devices, to a global audience. NextVR has tested and proven its live delivery platform with the NBA, NHL, MLB, and partnered with FOX Sports earlier this year to broadcast the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in California.

At the U.S. Open’s VIP tents, approximately 100-300 visitors daily can be immersed in NextVR’s live virtual reality experience. Five camera rigs will be placed at premium vantage points around the course. Fans will have the ability in real time, to virtually visit the most active holes and be instantly immersed in the action. NextVR will also live stream the U.S. Open VR experience to FOX Sports locations in New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver.

“We’re thrilled to be working with FOX Sports again and to be part of their inaugural U.S. Open coverage,” said DJ Roller, Co-Founder, NextVR.  “This demonstrates FOX Sports’ confidence in NextVR’s technology and their commitment to bring groundbreaking experiences to fans. It’s a major milestone for both companies.”

U.S. Open 2015 highlights as well as other premium experiences will be included on the NextVR portal, which will be available on all virtual reality devices, including Oculus, Samsung, Sony and others. The portal will enable fully-immersive content to be streamed with pristine quality using current home and mobile Internet connections

 
ABOUT NextVR

NextVR is the first and only technology company to enable the transmission of live, long-form virtual reality content in broadcast quality – leading the way for live and on-demand VR to become a mainstream entertainment medium.  NextVR is executing on a global scale to bring live sporting events, large-scale concerts, compelling cinematic productions, and more, to virtual reality – with technology that captures every detail of the scene and the action. Launched in 2009, NextVR has a vast IP portfolio with more than 23 patents granted and pending for the capture, compression, transmission, and display of virtual reality content. NextVR’s platform also allows fully immersive content to be streamed with pristine quality using current home and mobile Internet connections.  Founded by veterans in stereoscopic imaging technology, software development and an award-winning filmmaker – NextVR provides a deeply immersive experience.  For more information, go to  http://www.nextvr.com/

About FOX Sports

FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets.  Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships.  FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FOX Sports 1; FOX Sports 2; Fox’s 22 regional sports networks, their affiliated regional web sites and FSN national programming; FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports.  In addition, FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com, FOX Sports GO, Whatifsports.com and Yardbarker.com.  Also included in the Group are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as licensing agreements that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network.

 

LPGA Partners with Buffalo Communications

LPGA Partners with Buffalo Communications

Strategic PR Program to Broadly Promote Player Personalities
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL)—The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) has partnered with Buffalo Communications (Buffalo) to turnkey a new public relations program showcasing the world’s premier women’s professional sports organization.

Engineered to grow awareness through non-golf media, Buffalo’s strategy focuses on promoting the LPGA Tour’s remarkable collection of exciting, outside-the-ropes stories. These include exceptional young stars, working mothers, style leaders, philanthropists, fitness devotees, adventurists, and the LPGA’s unique global business model.

“Golf media is tremendously supportive of the LPGA, but there’s a wider audience yet to experience why it’s different out here,” says Kraig Kann, Chief Communications Officer of the LPGA. “There are a million stories to tell, and we’re relying on Buffalo to help with lifestyle, fashion, travel and business journalists.”

Boasting an unrivalled global presence, the LPGA Tour features nearly 125 active international players from 25 nations and a 2011 schedule that included events in 13 countries. Last season was marked by the historic rise of Yani Tseng, a breakout win by teen phenom Lexi Thompson and remarkable play by the Tour’s growing cast of stars, including Suzann Pettersen, Paula Creamer, Na Yeon Choi, Stacy Lewis, Michelle Wie, Brittany Lincicome and Cristie Kerr.

“The LPGA offers fans and sponsors incomparable experiences consistent with its mission to inspire, empower, educate and entertain,” says Rich Katz, Managing Director of Buffalo. “Mike Whan’s dynamic leadership and Tour players’ diverse interests away from the course make for compelling editorial coverage.”

Riding a wave of momentum into the new year, the LPGA Tour recently announced its 2012 schedule featuring five new events among 27 tournaments and an increase of roughly $7 million in prize money. This follows a 2011 season that delivered a 29 percent increase in television viewership, a 17 percent jump in digital audience and a social media reach that eclipsed one million fans. A new Japanese television rights partnership with WOWOW was recently announced, as was the launch of Korean and Chinese language LPGA websites and Weebo, the Chinese social media network.

For more information: http://www.lpga.com, 386.274.6200.

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)

The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 1,700 members representing 29 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage.

The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: http://www.LPGA.com, http://www.facebook.com/lpga.official, twitter.com/lpga, and http://www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

About Buffalo Communications

Headquartered outside Washington, DC, Buffalo is a global golf-lifestyle public relations, branding and marketing-communications firm with clients operating in 40-plus countries. Buffalo employs its longstanding network of media and industry contacts to help clients grow awareness, popularity and revenues. Its roster of domestic and international category leaders include ECCO, Adams Golf, PGA National Resort & Spa, Fila Golf, Castle & Cooke, Arnie, Kaua’i Visitors Bureau (golf co-op), Club Glove, The Sea Pines Resort and The St. Joe Company.

GOLF Magazine’s 2nd Annual No.1 Issue Unveils The Fab Foursome As Voted On By The Fans

GOLF Magazine’s 2nd Annual No.1 Issue Unveils
The Fab Foursome As Voted On By The Fans

After More Than 300,000 Votes:
Nicklaus, Clinton, Jordan, Murray

GOLF Magazine’s No.1’s Issues Features The Best of Everything in Golf; Interviews With Michael Douglas, Rickie Fowler and More

New York, NY (September 8, 2011) – The October 2011 issue of Golf Magazine, on newsstands September 9, celebrates the publications 2nd annual No.1’s Issue—a cover-to-cover celebration of golf excellence, including the first reveal of Golf Magazine’s Fab Foursome Bracket Challenge, a March Madness style showdown featuring 64 of the biggest names who love golf, including everyone from US Open winners to Oscar winners. After receiving over 300,000 votes from fans far and wide, the foursome people would love to play with the most included legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, former United States President Bill Clinton, 6-time NBA champion Michael Jordan and actor/comedian Bill Murray.

“I’m honored to be part of this group,” said Nicklaus. “What would our round be like? Murray would have us all laughing so hard that President Clinton would have time to take as many mulligan’s as he wants. Jordan, being the competitor he is, would work hard to beat me, which means he’d have a lot of fun.”

THE NO.1 ISSUE PEOPLE PORTFOLIO – INTERVIEWS BY CONNELL BARRETT
Golf Magazine No. 1 Issue includes 19-pages of candid one-on-one interviews with an eclectic collection of high-profile celebrities. Michael Douglas, Samuel L. Jackson, Rickie Fowler and Ivanka Trump, are joined by musicians, athletes, actors, comedians and journalists in sharing stories of their shared passion for the game.

·      Michael Douglas (No.1 Comeback Player) recounted a day on the course with his dad: “My father got divorced when I was young, so I would go visit him. He took me out on the course. One day something happened that put a crimp in my game and his. I was about15. I hit an iron, and I him right in the nuts. I mean, direct hit! He dropped to his knees trying to shake it off. All I could say was, ‘There lies Spartacus.’”

·      Rickie Fowler (Future No.1) on high expectations: “It’s a good warm-up for where I want to be: the best player in the world. Obviously, if I was No.1, I’d have to deal with hype or pressure every week. I want to be in a position where I’m dealing with pressure and expectation all the time.”

·      Mike Dikta (No.1 Swing Coach) describing a great day on the course: “It’s about laughing, having a few beers, and betting a little. I’ll probably need a shoulder replaced, but as long as I can play golf, I’m OK.”

·      Ivanka Trump (No.1 Heiress Apparent) on playing her father Donald: “Beating my father in a match? I’m on that. I figured I’ve got age on my side.”

·      Sugar Ray Leonard (No.1 Hard Hitter) on facing fears: “Golf makes you face fears. Marvin Hagler wasn’t scary. A downhill 3-footer? That’s scary.”

·      Robert Duvall (No.1 Stroke Shaver) on advice Tom Hagen (The Godfather) would give Tiger Woods: “Keep your legs crossed.”

·      Steve Kroft (No.1 Inquisitor) on his first days at 60 Minutes: “When I first got here, Mike Wallace, EP Dan Hewitt and Morley Safer all played tennis. They out I played golf and said, ‘Maybe we made a big mistake. Who let the golfer on the floor?’”

PGA TOUR NO.1 OF EVERYING IN GOLF
Golf Magazine spoke with dozens of golf experts including Rickie Fowler, Tom Doak and Billy Casper to compile a comprehensive listing of the Best of Everything in Golf.

When asked which United States city provided the best golf atmosphere, GOLF Magazine’s senior editor Joe Passov, aka “Travelin’ Joe”, gave the nod to Austin, Texas. Passov said, “The Lone Star state’s capital has the best combination of weather, quality courses and affordable golf.”

On the political front, Condoleeza Rice was named the No.1 choice for “Augusta National’s First Female Member” while Dwight Eisenhower was named the No.1 “Presidential Golfer” of all-time.

“This is a correlation of random, interesting and most of all, entertaining tidbits about the game of golf,” said David Clarke, Editor of GOLF Magazine. “Too many times, we get caught up in the game itself and don’t look at the big picture this game has to offer.”

Others receiving accolades include:
§  No.1 Most Unheralded Golfer: Larry Nelson – A great Ryder Cup player—he won five matched on the 1979 team.
§  No.1 Golf Feud: Ian Poulter vs. Johnny Miller – Golf’s unstoppable force vs. its immovable ego.
§  No.1 Best 19th Hole: Nefyn & District – The Ty Coch Inn at Wales’s glorious golf course is a few paces off the 12th green, with killer views of the Irish Sea.
§  No.1 Wise-Beyond-Their-Years Showings: Rory McIlroy – After his collapse at the 2011 Masters, McIlroy decided to participate in a UNICEF mission to Haiti.
§  No.1 Underrated Golf Movie: Pat and Mike – “It’s well-written,” Tin Cup director Ron Shelton says of the 1952 comedy starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.

For more from this poll, please check the October issue of Golf Magazine or visit http://www.golf.com

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About the SI Golf Group
Golf Magazine is at the core of the most powerful media company in the game, the SI Golf Group. The magazine, which delivers a circulation of 1.4 million golf enthusiasts with a readership of 6.1 Million, us golf’s most widely read publication and provides the best instruction, equipment reviews and travel coverage in the category. With the combined resources of Golf, SI Golf Plus (the No. 1 golf weekly publication) and Golf.com (the highest trafficked golf website). The SI Golf Group delivers a monthly audience of 12.6 million avid golfers and fans.