ESPN and PGA of America Announce Rights Agreement for Latin America, Brazil and the Caribbean

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ESPN and PGA of America Announce Rights Agreement for Latin America, Brazil and the Caribbean

New Deal Begins May 16 with LIVE Coverage of the 2019 PGA Championship

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The PGA Championship is coming to ESPN in Latin America, Brazil and the Caribbean, beginning with live coverage of the 2019 PGA Championship, as part of a new long-term rights agreement between the PGA of America and ESPN.

The 2019 PGA Championship tees off May 16, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York, widely considered one of the most challenging public courses in the United States. ESPN will make the event available in more than 25 countries and territories throughout the region.

ESPN will air more than 22 hours of live linear coverage and more than 110 hours of live-streamed coverage, for a total of at least 130 live hours of coverage of this year’s PGA Championship, beginning Thursday, May 16, with the first round, and continuing through the final round on Sunday, May 19 (full schedule below). ESPN will also live stream Featured Groups and Featured Holes coverage throughout all four days of the 2019 PGA Championship on ESPN Play (Latin America and Caribbean) and WatchESPN (Brazil).

The PGA Championship has moved from August to its new home in May, which makes it the second major of the season, following the Masters.

“We are proud to expand our relationship with the PGA of America to Latin America and the Caribbean, home of many golf fans,” said ESPN’s executive vice president of programming and scheduling Burke Magnus. “With this deal, ESPN now holds the Latin American rights to all four major championships–plus select PGA Tour events–and is the home of the best golf events in the region.”

“The PGA of America is excited to partner with ESPN to deliver the PGA Championship to golf fans across the Latin American and Caribbean regions,” said PGA of America Chief Commercial Officer Jeff Price. “Golf is a global sport, and we are proud to present the PGA Championship—which perennially features the strongest field in all of golf—to an expanding international audience, who are highly passionate about the game.”

This year, defending PGA Champion and World No. 3 Brooks Koepka, who won his third major at the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club, will return seeking his second-consecutive Wanamaker Trophy. He will play against some of golf’s top talents, including four-time PGA Champion Tiger Woods, winner of the Masters last month.

ESPN Caribbean Presents the 2019 PGA Championship

Day/ Date Time (ET) Program Platform
Thu., May 16 1-7 p.m. First Round ESPN 2 Caribbean, ESPN Play
8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Featured Group 1 ESPN Play
9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Featured Group 2 ESPN Play
2-7 p.m. Featured Holes (16, 17 and 18) ESPN Play
Fri., May 17 1-7:30 p.m. Second Round ESPN 2 Caribbean, ESPN Play
8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Featured Group 1 ESPN Play
9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Featured Group 2 ESPN Play
2-7 p.m. Featured Holes (16, 17 and 18) ESPN Play
Sat., May 18 2-7 p.m. Third Round ESPN 2 Caribbean, ESPN Play
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Featured Group 1 ESPN Play
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Featured Group 2 ESPN Play
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Featured Holes (16, 17 and 18) ESPN Play
Sun., May 19 2-7 p.m. Final Round ESPN 2 Caribbean, ESPN Play
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Featured Group 1 ESPN Play
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Featured Group 2 ESPN Play
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Featured Holes (16, 17 and 18) ESPN Play

About the PGA Championship
The PGA Championship is the only all-professional major in men’s golf. It began in 1916, just months after the birth of the PGA of America, and annually features the most top-100 players in the Official World Golf Rankings of all golf Championships.

About the PGA of America
The PGA of America is one of the world’s largest sports organizations, with nearly 29,000 professionals who work daily to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. For more information about the PGA of America, visit PGA.org, follow @PGA on Twitter, and find us on Facebook.

About ESPN
ESPN, the world’s leading sports entertainment enterprise, features more than 50 assets – eight U.S. television networks, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN International, ESPN The Magazine and more.  ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc. (an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company) and 20 percent by Hearst.

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