ESPN Announces Expanded Masters Coverage
ESPN has announced that they will be expanding Masters coverage this year.
The Masters is set to take place next week, after it was postponed from its normal April date.
“Golf fans have had to wait until November to watch the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club this year but ESPN and ESPN+ will bring them more ways than ever to enjoy the event with new offerings and expanded coverage during the week of Nov. 9-15,” writes ESPN in their press release.
As GolfNewsRI has previously reported, College GameDay will be broadcasting LIVE from The Masters on Saturday.
ESPN adds, “With the unique timing of the Masters being held in November, ESPN and Augusta National Golf Club are bringing two sporting event traditions together as College GameDay Built by The Home Depot is set to originate from the Masters on Saturday, Nov. 14. The 11-time Emmy Award winning traveling pregame show (9 a.m. – noon) will emanate from the Par 3 course at Augusta National.
A rundown of Masters coverage across ESPN platforms:
First and Second Round Live Television Coverage
- ESPN and ESPN Deportes live 1-5:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 12-13.
- Scott Van Pelt will host ESPN’s telecasts from Augusta National’s Butler Cabin with ESPN golf analyst Curtis Strange. Van Pelt, Strange and Tom Rinaldi, who will conduct player interviews, will join CBS’ golf announcer crew for the telecasts.
- John Sutcliffe will call the action for the ESPN Deportes live telecasts with analysts Hernán Rey and Matias Anselmo.
The Masters on ESPN+
- Exclusive two-hour programs Tuesday and Wednesday at noon previewing the Masters including discussion and analysis, player press conference coverage and for the Wednesday show, players on the course in their practice rounds. Michael Eaves anchors the programs, joined by ESPN golf analysts and reporters. The Wednesday show also will air on ESPN.
- First-time Featured Holes coverage of Holes 4, 5 and 6 during live play for all four days of the Tournament.
- Streams of Featured Groups, Amen Corner and Holes 15 and16 during live play on all four days.
- A new episode of the ESPN+ program America’s Caddie with Michael Collins, available Nov. 5, leading up to the Masters Tournament. Elements include Collins’ distinctive tour around the city of Augusta, an interview with Bryson DeChambeau and a look at the differences between a Masters in November and its normal date in April.
- On-demand collection of 60 official Masters Films from past Tournaments going back to Arnold Palmer’s second victory in 1960.
SportsCenter at the Masters
- SportsCenter reports from the Masters every day of the Tournament beginning Monday, Nov. 9, including dedicated programs Thursday and Friday.
- Highlights of play between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thursday and 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday.
- Coverage of the Honorary Starters Ceremony with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player in the 7 a.m. hour on Thursday.
- Michael Eaves and Scott Van Pelt anchor SportsCenter from the Masters.
- Analysts Andy North, Curtis Strange; reporters Tom Rinaldi and Gene Wojciechowski.
- College GameDay will originate from the Par 3 course at Augusta National Golf Club on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. – noon.
- Host Rece Davis joined on-site by analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, along with Chris “The Bear” Fallica, Maria Taylor and Tom Rinaldi.
The Masters on ESPN.com
- Exclusive news, columns and analysis from writers Bob Harig, Michael Collins, Ian O’Connor, Mark Schlabach and Nick Pietruszkiewicz before, during and after the Tournament.
ESPN Social Media Preview Show
- Half-hour programs on ESPN Facebook, Twitter and YouTube at 2 p.m. on Wednesday and 12:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday hosted by Matt Barrie and Michael Collins, hosts of ESPN’s Matty & The Caddie
- Analysis, interviews with guests and interaction with fans on social media.
- On Facebook at com/espn, Twitter at twitter.com/espn and on YouTube at youtube.com/espn.
- Leads into live television coverage on ESPN Thursday and Friday.
The Masters on Get Up!
- Live interviews with ESPN golf analysts and reporters from the Masters Tuesday-Friday.
- Program airs 8-10 a.m. weekdays on ESPN (on ESPN2 Nov. 12-13).
The Masters on ESPN Audio
- Live interviews from the Masters with ESPN’s golf analysts and reporters on ESPN Radio programs during the week.
- The Matty & The Caddie podcast, hosted by SportsCenter anchor Matt Barrie and ESPN.com senior golf writer Michael Collins, and available on ESPN.com, will also feature Masters previews and interviews.
- Marty Smith’s America The Podcast will have Masters content the week of the event. The weekly podcast is hosted by ESPN reporter Marty Smith.
This year 53 countries will see the Masters on ESPN platforms and can follow the event on ESPN’s television, online, mobile and broadband platforms.
- In Latin America and the Caribbean, all four rounds plus official Masters Films, highlights and news and information coverage to 52 countries.
- All four rounds of the Masters and exclusive digital coverage of “Amen Corner,” Featured Groups of the day, and Holes 15 and 16 will be streamed live on the ESPN app/ESPN Play in Spanish-speaking Latin America and the Caribbean; and via the ESPN app/WatchESPN platform in Brazil. In addition, starting at 9 a.m. ET on Thursday and Friday, Featured Group coverage will also be televised via select linear channels in Latin America and the Caribbean
- In Canada, TSN will air all four rounds of the Masters, with the third and final rounds also airing live on CTV. TSN will also have live complimentary wrap around coverage including TSN At the Masters, nightly encores, and a daily Primetime wrap-up show. RDS will carry all four rounds live in French language and the TSN.ca/RDS.ca digital platforms will stream exclusive live coverage of “Amen Corner,” a Featured Group of the day, plus Holes 15 and 16.
The Masters on ESPN Classic
- Forty-three consecutive hours of highlights of past editions of the Masters in a two-day tribute leading up to ESPN’s live coverage of the event. The tribute begins Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m.