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Disc Golf Network Media Update

By Charles McCracken
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For Immediate Release: 

Disc Golf Network Media Update

May 18th, 2022: The Disc Golf Pro Tour has made it to the West Coast after a successful start to the 2022 season. The Disc Golf Network, the DGPT’s in-house media arm, has covered ten events, about one-third of the season’s slate, and we are happy to provide some media coverage updates regarding the remainder of the season.

The OTB Open presented by MVP Disc Sports will be broadcast live on the Disc Golf Network this weekend before the tour moves north for the Portland Open and the Beaver State Fling. Disc Golf Network has announced updated details on the broadcast plans for Beaver State Fling and bonus coverage at the PCS Sula Open which will feature four rounds of live coverage. The Disc Golf Network is thrilled to be making its first trip to Europe, which will include coverage of the European Open, the second PDGA Major of the season, this July. Coverage of the European Open will be included for DGN subscribers with bonus content available via a pay-per-view package. 

The OTB Open will see five-time FPO World Champion and Disc Golf Hall Of Fame member Elaine King return to the commentary booth. Her latest appearance on Disc Golf Network sparked some controversy after she communicated indirectly with competitors in an attempt to address a concern regarding a rules issue. 

As a result, the Disc Golf Pro Tour has conducted a review process to better understand the issue and the facts surrounding it and has addressed the issue with King directly. Furthermore, the DGPT has determined that Elaine will cover the remainder of her seven previously scheduled events for 2022 and remain part of the broadcast team. Disc Golf Network has also briefed all commentary team members on communication processes and ensured that everyone in the Disc Golf Network booth has clarity on the appropriate process for addressing any potential issues on the ground they may become aware of. 

DGPT CEO and Tour Director Jeff Spring shared the following on the issue: 

“Members of the disc golf community have expressed concern regarding the scenario at Champions Cup earlier this season. Some of these concerns are valid and were shared by us at the DGPT and Disc Golf Network. 

We have made it clear to Elaine and all of our commentators that they should not interact with competitors or caddies during competition. We have reiterated that if any questions arise during a broadcast they are only to reach out directly to our team members to seek clarification. After the review process and numerous conversations, we are confident that Elaine had nothing but sincere intentions when she attempted to resolve the potential rules issue that she had noticed. We are confident that she has learned from this and will not repeat the mistake going forward. 

We value the years of experience as an elite professional player and dedicated organizer that Elaine brings to the booth and are looking forward to seeing her back in action. Our sport is very lucky to have her as a part of our community. We’re excited for the action at OTB Open, Portland Open, and Beaver State over the coming month.”

A full list of broadcast talent for the rest of the 2022 season will be made available at dgpt.com in the coming weeks. 

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For media inquiries, please contact DGPT Communications Manager, Charles McCracken at charles@dgpt.com.