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Golf Australia Express : Issue 42
COVER STORY THE Australian Masters, Australian Open and US Masters. Sen Conroy is also the champion of amendments to the legislation currently before parliament that would see stricter conditions imposed on broadcasters buying rights to events. We asked him if more golf events---particularly the majors---would be added to the anti-siphoning list for 'protection'. "The anti-siphoning list is scheduled for further review at the end of 2014," a spokesman for the minister told OTG. "However, being on the anti- siphoning list doesn't guarantee an event will be shown on free- to-air TV." We'll take that as a 'no' to any additions. "Including an event on the anti-siphoning list does not guarantee that it will be shown on free-to-air TV, as the broadcasters are not required to purchase listed events," he said. Surely that begs the question, what then is the point of anti-siphoning laws? Do they not simply give free-to-air broadcasters an unfair power advantage without ensuring appropriate conditions of use? Sen Conroy's spokesman continued: "For events that are unlikely to be shown live on free-to-air TV, not being on the list may increase the chance of them being broadcast live on pay television." So now being off the anti- siphoning list is a good thing for viewers? What the? With these kinds of mixed messages coming out of Canberra, no wonder golf OUR READERS' RESPONSE: It just leaves a sour taste in the mouth, not being able to watch a major on free-to-air. We're not getting much golf at all, even the "Sports" Channel, One HD, is failing us. Heaps of "MASH" re-runs---at least there's a couple of episodes where golf gets a mention! ---Tim Baxter Extremely disappointing for those without cable. The four majors, possibly with the exclusion of the US PGA, should all be televised FTA. If only two were possible I would vote for the US Masters and the US Open, mainly due to the time zone. ---Graham Voss I loved the coverage of the golf on Foxtel. I was able to watch every bit when I arrived home from work. This would not have been the case with free-to-air as they have so many other commitments. ---Jill Simpson Disappointing that the US Open wasn't televised either on Nine or One HD. ¬---Matthew Wildin What a shame one of the four greatest sporting events in the world and you can only see it on cable TV. It is a disgrace to the public and to the golfers of the world. No wonder golf clubs throughout the world struggle to find members when golf is only showcased to the select few. ---Merv Roberts Dear Ms Gillard and Mr Conroy, IknownotifyouplaygolfnordoIknowif you enjoy watching it. Personally, I do and somewhere between 6-9% of your constituents do, too. (At least that's what Google tells me). I'm no statistician, but by my reckoning that's a considerable number of voters to tick off. And tick us off you have. For the mortals reliant upon free-to-air to get their golfing fix, failing to show one of golf's holy grails is more than remiss. We aren't talking about the Timbuktu Monthly Medal here---it was the US Open we missed for goodness sake. Please get it right for the British! ---Craig Ferris What a joke. Millions of golf fans around the world and most free-to-air stations would rather screen re-runs and boring Sunday morning snooze-fests. But could it be that the USGA was charging too much for the television rights? ---Adam Docking I got to watch the golf as I have Fox Sports. There has been a lot of talk about big sporting events being on free-to-air and I don't have a problem with that as long as they show the events live. When you know the result a lot of people tend not to worry about watching it. Need to show everything live. ---Shannon Murnane I felt cheated not being able to see any coverage of the US Open on free-to-air. ---Dale Granger With these kinds of mixed messages coming out of Canberra, no wonder golf fans are totally confused about anti- siphoning legislation in this country.