BBC gets Masters for three years

The BBC signs three year deal with Augusta National

Martin Park
Tue, 22 Feb 2000
BBC gets Masters for three years
Augusta National Golf Club, home to the Masters, have broken with tradition and allowed the BBC a three-year contract to cover the tournament live on BBC2. CBS, the host broadcasters for The Masters have been on a year to year contract since it began coverage. And now the BBC has negotiated a better deal from the prestigious Georgia Club.

Around 12 hours of live coverage, the maximum permitted for television anywhere in the world, will be shown on BBC2 between April 6-9, the start of a three-year contract negotiated with the Augusta National Golf Club.

Mike Miller, BBC Controller of television sport, said: "The club is renowned for long relationships and short contracts so this recognition of the BBC's commitment to the best international golf action is especially welcome."

The BBC have covered the prestigious Masters tournament since 1986, usually on a one-year contract in common with other major broadcasters around the world. All we need now is for Augusta to open its gates for tickets to everyone and we will have the best tournament of all.