Billy Packer's son a welcome addition at TGC

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At The Golf Channel, we always have a meeting at 12 o’clock the day before the tournament, so we had that today.

We have a new producer named Brandt Packer. He’s the son of Billy Packer, the basketball announcer. Brandt is really a young, talented producer. He’s doing all of the Champions Tour telecasts for us this year. He’s just really good at it.

In the booth, we have Dave Marr and Frank Nobilo and we have a guy named Matt Adams on the couch at No. 18 in place of Dave, who’s usually on the couch, and then on the ground is Donna Caponi and John Mahaffey.

I will not be on TV today because the TV window is from noontime to 2 because it’s Match Play week and we have four or five hours on the air because of the Match Play. On the weekend, we’ll be the big kid in town.

We discussed things to cover. Basically, it’s Nick Price, Mark O’Meara, Hale Irwin. The groups with the new guys.

It’s really neat because basically you have to come to The Golf Channel to get golf. If you want to watch, you have to come through us. Every event on the PGA Tour sponsored by the PGA — not the USGA or Augusta or the PGA Championship — every normal event has to come through us.

We do the early coverage and then we have our Golf Central Primetime that’s an hour show dedicated to all of the tours that we cover.

On the weekend, the Champions Tour gets huge exposure, plus we do re-airs. On the Match Play, we’ll do re-airs too. Davis Love III came up to me at Pebble Beach and said, ‘Wow, I didn’t know we were going to get re-airs.” Now they can watch themselves play, and guys like that.

The Golf Channel has really stepped it up. We feel like the Champions Tour, because we’ve escalated our PGA Tour coverage, that more people are going to stay with us and we’ll self-promote the Champions Tour. It’s just the more eyes that are on The Golf Channel, the more that are going to watch the Nationwide Tour and the Champions Tour.

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