07 Sep PGA Tour Docuseries
The PGA Tour Docuseries: Life on the Tour
With the PGA Tour signing a deal with Netflix, you can expect to see multiple episodes in a docuseries unlike any other before it. This series is set to be based on the structure of Netflix’s Drive to Survive series that dives into the life of Formula 1 drivers and teams to show how much really goes into such demanding positions. Formula 1 has seen a major surge in viewership and popularity mainly because of the show, so the PGA Tour is hoping for a similar influx pattern following their own docuseries. The show is expected to be released soon after the 2021-2022 season is complete.
The PGA Tour
The PGA Tour is the main organizer of professional golf tours for men in the USA and the rest of North America. The PGA Tour is also used to refer to a yearly series of gold tournaments. PGA Tour Champions is also a series of tournaments, but they are exclusively for men aged 50 and older. A nonprofit organization with a headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida, the PGA Tour surpassed a billion dollars in all-time fundraising in 2005, and in just 2017 the PGA Tour announced a generation of $180 million for charities. It is estimated that over 2,000 charities benefit from the organization.
The PGA Tour is broadcast on CBS Sports and NBC Sports. Some airings are on the Golf Channel, but they are a division of NBC Sports. These contracts renewed in 2020 and last through 2030. Of the 30 weekend events aired, 20 are aired by CBS and 10 are aired by NBC. The PGA Tour also has a streaming service called PGA Tour Live that provides access to early-round coverage of event.
Many players on the tour are known across the United States among many people that have never watched gold before in their life. Names like Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are knows across the board. Players like them increase awareness of the sport, and bring along many new fans. McIlroy being young brought many younger men to the sport by bringing in people that can relate more to them instead of exclusively viewing golf as an “old man sport”.
Starting its tenure as a small business founded by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph, Netflix began as a DVD sales and rental business. A year later they decided to focus on the rental business. In 2007 they introduced their streaming feature along with their DVD rental by mail. 2013 marked the year that Netflix entered the business of content production, and in 2016 they were the top network or cable company in terms of total production. Netflix has proven their credentials in production, and they will work alongside the PGA Tour to create a series that is sure to be a hit among both golf fans and not.
Following the lives of player on the PGA Tour, the show is expected to shed a light on the lives of golfers. Many fans see it as an easy job, but the docuseries will show how much work and effort actually goes into being the best in North America.