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Pay Per View Price May Be Shockingly Inexpensive — Geoff Shackelford

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I’m growing increasingly excited about Tiger v. Phil, which ESPN.com’s Bob Harig says will be Friday, November 23rd at Shadow Creek and on pay-per-view.

The winner-takes-all $9 million was a compromise to keep the $10 million FedExCup first prize the top one in golf. However, in return it sounds like the PGA Tour has signed off on some blatant gambling elements, like presses or side bets that will have a charitable component. There may also be a heavy Las Vegas, in-match betting element that would have made Commissioner Moonbeam freak out, but which could lay the foundation for the future of fan betting. 

As for the timing, late afternoon/prime time streaming seems to be the goal:

Although a time for the event was not announced, Mickelson said he hoped for a prime-time finish in the East and perhaps even playing the final few holes in Las Vegas under the lights.

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Love the lights, love the holiday weekend play and my sources are saying the streaming price will not be substantial. Some–other than millennials who like to share passwords–will find dirt cheap, in the $5 to $15 range, $20 likely the top end depending on how you access. The goal is to make this available via as many options as possible, not to launch and promote one entity. 

Yes, TNT will be announcing, which means Ernie Johnson welcoming us in a PGA Championship Thursday flashback. But as our poll last month showed, 22% of you were willing to pay in that price range. 

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Originally posted 2018-08-23 23:12:56.

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