PDGA Elite Series play resumes this weekend with the third stop of the 2020 Disc Golf Pro Tour, The Dynamic Discs Open. Competition will take place from June 26-28 with feature and lead card coverage broadcast live on the Disc Golf Network (www.discgolfnetwork.com). Coverage will begin at 2 p.m. CT each day with the MPO division, and the FPO division will join the broadcast at 4 p.m. CT.
However, instead of what has become the traditional next-day post-production coverage for the Open field, JomezPro has been hired by Dynamic Discs and the DGPT to produce four, hour-long broadcasts to air on CBS Sports, which is available in more than 60 million households worldwide. While the specific air dates are not set, the DGPT expects them to hit the airwaves in August.
CBS Sports To Air Dynamic Discs Open
The CBS Sports project became a possibility when Dynamic Discs approached the DGPT and JomezPro with the opportunity to create a program for television. Dynamic Discs CEO Jeremy Rusco got the deal started. “We are so excited that a whole new segment of our population will see competitive disc golf for the first time,” Rusco said. “With so many new players trying our sport during the pandemic, it will be good to show them the serious and competitive side of disc golf as well.”
After discussion, JomezPro agreed to lead the production for Dynamic Discs. “We are honored to have the opportunity to bring disc golf to a fresh audience on such a large network,” JomezPro founder Jonathan Gomez said. “We have been working closely with CBS Sports Network to ensure that this project reaches its full potential and hopefully sets the stage for future opportunities to keep growing our sport.
Central Coast Disc Golf, who will be filming the Open division chase card, will work in association with the JomezPro team on the project. The DGPT agreed to alter the existing next-day post-production contracts of both teams to let the project move forward. “We are thrilled to work with a true disc golf production team to deliver content to a national television network,” DGPT CEO and Director Jeff Spring said.
Fans can expect the JomezPro and CCDG coverage to become available on YouTube in September.
“While this project will limit the next-day post-produced footage that is available to existing disc golf fans, the upside of putting disc golf in front of mainstream America will bring long-term benefits to the sport we all love,” Rusco said.
While the MPO shot-by-shot will be delayed, the FPO coverage will be next-day. “We are glad that the Open Women’s division will be represented in the telecast. We felt it necessary to ensure that next day post-production coverage would be available,” Spring said. GK Pro will cover the FPO side this weekend.
Live coverage from the Disc Golf Network will also remain, with small adjustments. As always, the first two rounds will be broadcast exclusively on the Disc Golf Network. Final round live coverage will be streamed for free on DGN and simulcast on the DGPT YouTube channel. Instead of being available for re-watch after the fact on the Disc Golf Network and YouTube, though, the coverage will only be available to watch live.
The DGPT media plan will shift back to both live coverage and next-day post-production for The Preserve Championship in Clearwater, Minn., from July 3-5.
Here’s everything else you need to know to catch the action this weekend.
UDisc Live | Visit Site
The Disc Golf Pro Tour has contracted UDisc Live for a whopping 20 events in 2020. With more stats than you can shake a stick at, keep an eye on UDisc Live all week for in-the-moment moves from the tournament’s stacked DGPT field.
Tee Time & Round Ratings
PDGA | Visit Site
Official Scores, Tee Times & Round Ratings can be found at the official event page on PDGA.com
In-Person Spectating Unavailable
The Disc Golf Pro Tour is currently in Phase One of its COVID-19 Policies & Best Practices plan which does not allow for in-person spectating.
Live Video Coverage
Disc Golf Network | Subscribe
The Disc Golf Network (DGN) is the new home of live disc golf. Built by the Disc Golf Pro Tour, the DGN is a subscription streaming and on-demand platform much like Netflix or Disney+. Covering the world’s best players competing in the sport’s most elite tournaments, a subscription includes post-produced coverage of select disc golf tournaments as well as exclusive disc golf shows, touring pro interview series, podcasts, and other segments only available on the Disc Golf Network. The DGN offers a PDGA Member discount of 50% to all active members bringing the cost down to $4.49/month.
The first two rounds of Live coverage for the DDO will be streamed on the Disc Golf Network, exclusive for DGN subscribers. The DGN will also stream some content for free, and the final round of the DDO will be streamed live for free on the platform.
DGPT YouTube | Subscribe
In addition to the DGN, the live broadcast will be simulcast on the DGPT Youtube channel for the final round only (Sunday, June 28th).
DGPT Website | Visit Site
Daily Round Recaps, Articles
No time to watch a full round? Just need a quick rundown of the day’s action? The Pro Tour has you covered through daily recap articles, posted to their website after each round.
National Network Coverage
The Disc Golf Pro Tour and Dynamic Discs have joined together to have the Dynamic Discs Open broadcast over a four-part series on CBS Sports in late July/early August. Broadcasting to over 61 million households, the national footprint is something disc golf has never seen before.
With this coverage comes some adjustment to the post-production schedule. MPO Lead and Chase card coverage will not be released until after the CBS Sports broadcast’s run-time is complete in late August/early September.
Jomez Productions has brought in a crew of over 20 people to make this production happen and we are excited to see what this means for the sport of disc golf!
Post Production Video Coverage
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Open Lead card
After HUGE viewership (over 1 million views and counting) for the Memorial (the DGPT 2020 kick-off event), Jomez will not only be filming and producing for the CBS broadcast but will also have its post-production video ready to release in September.
JomezPro will be on hand at every single DGPT event (and PDGA National Tour stop) in 2020 to bring their eye-catching stylings to the Open feature and lead card each day, putting post-produced coverage of the world’s best disc golfers in front of more than 200,000 subscribers. Yes.
Central Coast Disc Golf | Subscribe
Open chase card
Central Coast Disc Golf makes its 2020 DGPT debut at the Dynamic Discs Open. Central Coast will be filming and creating post-production coverage of a feature card Day 1, and the chase card for day 2 and the final round.
GK Pro | Subscribe
Open Women’s Lead Card
GK Pro will be covering nearly all of the lead women’s cards for the DPGT this season.
DGPT & PDGA Social Media
DGPT Media will be on the ground all week bringing the sights and sounds from the event. Whether it’s behind the scenes shenanigans on Instagram stories or photos and interviews on Facebook and Instagram, they’ll be communicating across all of their platforms for the week. Plus, be sure to subscribe to the Disc Golf Network and the DGPT YouTube channel, where the live coverage will be simulcast as well!