Last week, The Disc Golf Pro Tour announced a change to live coverage plans, renewing a deal with Smashboxx TV, a long time partner of the Tour. Spurred on by challenges with coverage during the start of the 2019 season, this move was a divergence from the off-season plan that also saw post-production video come in-house, under the DGPT banner, in order to improve live coverage. Today, the DGPT is happy to announce that there will also be changes to the post-production media structure for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Starting at the San Francisco Open, all post-production video coverage will be shifted outside of the Tour and will be handled by partner media companies. P lans to cover MPO1, FPO1, and MPO2 have been put in place for all of the Tour’s remaining events. However, as this transition takes place, post production for the Jonesboro Open will be handled by SmashboxxTV, who will be creating SmashCutts of the live broadcast for MPO1 and FPO1 and publishing those the next day on the SmashboxxTV YouTube channel. The DGPT continues to strive to provide high quality post-production coverage of as many cards as possible, now through assigning independent media teams instead of producing coverage internally. In fact, the Tour has already locked in the coverage schedule for the remainder of 2019.

After reaching out to the DGPT Tournament Directors, Steve Dodge notes everything came into place quickly. “The way the season started with media rightly shook the faith of our tournament directors a little and we wanted to reassure them that we were taking steps to meet any commitments to the tournaments and their sponsors the rest of the way. That included discussing their opinions on how they would like to approach post-production for their events and how that could align with our alterations.”

For most events, the MPO1 and FPO1 will be handled by Par Save Productions. Par Save has helped with DGPT post-production during the first two events of 2019. Allowing Par Save to fully take over means changes in resources and process, allowing post-production to be high quality. “We decided to focus on quality over speed at Waco and released all MPO1 & FPO1 footage on the Thursday following the event. Moving forward, allowing Par Save to take over full production of post lets them plan for next day releases of MPO1 and FPO1 footage” said Dodge.

Several events will feature other independent media teams. While many media teams have their season schedules already set, there was an opportunity for several teams to join events where their schedules allowed. At three events, JomezPro was available to cover MPO1 post production; the Portland Open presented by Bevel Craft Brewing, the Ledgestone Insurance Open presented by Discraft, and Discraft’s Green Mountain Championship at Smugglers’ Notch Resort. Jeff Spring, a DGPT advisor and the TD for two of those events notes, “The tournament directors of the Pro Tour appreciate Steve’s willingness to change and adapt to the challenges faced at the start of the season and to the current media landscape which continues to evolve quickly. The vision of the Tour remains strong and his responsiveness and ability to keep evolving is a strength of the DGPT.” Central Coast Disc Golf was also able to commit to six events of MPO2 coverage and Gatekeeper Media will also be stepping in to handle coverage at some events.

Fans of the Tour can look forward to a more robust slate of post-production coverage than ever for the remainder of the 2019 season:

Jonesboro Open present by Play It Again Sports
MPO1 – Smashboxx
FPO1 – Smashboxx

The San Francisco Open presented by absoluteXtracts
MPO1 – Par Save
MPO2 – Central Coast Disc Golf*
FPO1 – Par Save
*Pending Final Confirmation

The Portland Open presented by Bevel Craft Brewing
MPO1 – JomezPro
MPO2 – Central Coast Disc Golf
FPO1 – Par Save

Ledgestone Insurance Open presented by Discraft :
MPO1 – JomezPro
MPO2 – Central Coast Disc Golf
FPO1 – Par Save

Discraft Great Lakes Open :
MPO1 – Par Save Productions
MPO2 – Central Coast Disc Golf*
FPO1 – Par Save Productions
*Pending Final Confirmation

Idlewild Open driven by Innova :
MPO1 – Par Save Productions
MPO2 – Central Coast Disc Golf*
FPO1 – Par Save Productions
*Pending Final Confirmation

MVP Open
MPO1 – Par Save Productions
MPO2 – Central Coast Disc Golf
FPO1 – Par Save Productions

Discraft’s Green Mountain Championship at Smugglers’ Notch Resort
MPO1 – JomezPro
MPO2 – Gatekeeper Media
FPO1 – Par Save Productions

In fact, there is room for more coverage to develop as other independent media teams still have the chance to jump in on the schedule. The DGPT allows for the creation of a feature card and shot-by-shot coverage of any card FPO2/MPO3 or lower for a small fee to obtain the media rights.

Overall, the DGPT is excited to move forward with these changes in post-production, once again re-engaging past partners in order to improve 2019 media coverage of the tour and deliver a product that fans of the Tour and the sport of disc golf can enjoy.
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Additionally, this weekend you will be able to watch the live coverage exclusively on https://www.dgpt.tv and on your Roku under the Disc Golf Network app. If you have questions regarding how to get things set up or watch this weekend, follow these instructions for installing DGN on your Roku .