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Golf Australia Express : Issue 42
What's happening on the LPGA Tour this week PEEK TE COVER STORY THE THE CONFUSION AS FAR AS CONVOLUTED issues go, anti-siphoning laws are right up there with the best---or worst. These laws that were introduced back in 1992 to keep major sporting events on free-to-air television have not quite worked out as planned. But of course, you guys already know that. With next to nil decent golf coverage on free-to-air, golf viewers are justifiably questioning the reasoning behind, and effectiveness of, Australia's anti-siphoning laws. And it's little wonder the issue of free- to-air broadcasting of sport in Australia has become so confusing for golf fans. Breaking down the complexities, there are really two main issues at play. The first is that the anti-siphoning list does not include a genuine catalogue of golf events that fans would consider significant and worthy of protection for free-to-air coverage. Seriously, only one of four majors is included on the list (although as you'll read on, that could actually be a blessing in disguise). The second issue is the poor quality of golf broadcast free- to-air stations have displayed. Many would agree that "contempt for golf fans" is not too strong a phrase to describe their handling of iconic events in recent years. THE LIST THE MAN CURRENTLY IN charge of the anti- siphoning list is Senator Stephen Conroy, the Federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. On the list of 'protected' golf events are the There are only three golf events---and one major---on the anti-siphoning list. Anti-siphoning laws--- or the anti-siphoning scheme as the Government calls it---give free-to-air broadcasters first dibs ahead of pay TV broadcasters on purchasing the rights to events listed on the anti- siphoning list. That's not to say everything on the list will be shown free-to- air---there's no obligation for a broadcaster to buy the rights. Yet even if they do buy the rights, they're not obligated to air the event, let alone air it live or in full. Only three golf events are currently on the anti- siphoning list: the Australian Masters, Australian PGA Championship and US Masters. OTG WHAT ARE ANTI-SIPHONING LAWS? US Masters PRO Anti-Siphoning Aust Masters Aust PGA Champ