For Immediate Release:
Updates on Upcoming Silver Series Live Broadcasts
First-Ever Broadcast At Masters Cup To Take Place | PCS Sula Open Will Include Bonus Coverage for Subscribers
May 11th, 2022: While initially considered to be out of the range of possibility for the 2022 season, the Disc Golf Pro Tour can confirm that the Disc Golf Network will be able to provide live coverage of the Santa Cruz Masters Cup’s final round this coming Sunday, May 15th, 2022. This will be the first full-scale live broadcast in the event’s history.
The Masters Cup, a long-time PDGA National Tour event, is hosted at one of the most famous courses on the West Coast – DeLaveaga Disc Golf Course. The course and surrounding area have well-known signal issues that have prevented previous iterations of the tournament from being broadcast live. This year, after significant upgrades to the Disc Golf Network’s streaming infrastructure, and improvements in cellular network coverage, a live broadcast is within reach. Disc Golf Network (DGN) will also be releasing post-production coverage of each round on the Disc Golf Network and the DGPT YouTube channel. Final day live coverage will be available exclusively to DGN subscribers.
The final round of the 2022 Masters Cup will be played on the much more open golf course layout. Initial signal testing is returning results that are towards the lower end of what the Tour considers to be necessary to support a solid broadcast. “We’re cautiously optimistic about the signal strength at the golf course this year,” said Mahmoud Bahrani, DGPT Media Director. “Our new LiveU packs have made it possible for us to feel comfortable moving forward with a final day broadcast. However, we do still anticipate some fluctuations in the stream quality. We’re doing all we can to ensure that we’re getting the strongest signal out of our cameras and back to our studio, but there will be a few rough spots.”
Up next on the DGPT Silver Series event comes the famous Beaver State Fling. The well-revered Milo McIver state park will host top talent this year after a hiatus from the regular touring schedule due to COVID-19 and damages to the course. However, the course is simply not suited for live coverage. Due to a lack of cellular access on-site, the Disc Golf Network will be focusing efforts on post-production to be released next day.
Finally, the Disc Golf Pro Tour is happy to announce that Disc Golf Network subscribers can look forward to bonus coverage during the European leg of the 2022 touring season. The PCS Sula Open, another Silver Series event, will feature live broadcasts for each round – a departure from the standard final round only coverage seen at other Silver Series events this season. The Norway-based tournament will feature two premiere level courses and be the first DGPT event to take place outside of the United States. “Sula is an event that we’ve had our sights set on for a while now,” said Seth Fendley, VP of Administration and Finance for the DGPT. “As we’re gearing up for the first Elite Series event in Europe to make an appearance on the schedule in the near future, we wanted to take this opportunity to showcase more European courses and players to our subscribers.”
Fans can subscribe to the Disc Golf Network for $11.99 per month or $99.99 annually for the 2022 season. Current PDGA members can enjoy a 50% discount on a monthly subscription.
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