Worthy complaints about how NBC was showing Day 2 of the Ryder Cup on a 5-plus hour delay were washed away this morning by rains that delayed Day 1, pushing the afternoon session back and a scramble to finish the morning session before darnkess in Wales.
(The Euro players, we understand, were playing “Tiger Woods Golf” on Xbox during the delay).
NBC, which owns the U.S. TV rights to the Ryder Cup (it made an agreement to give the first day to ESPN, whose live coverage starting at 11:30 p.m. Saturday and going overnight really didn’t make for much compelling TV, which is why it’s still on the air live right now), says this is how it will move forward:
Back to ESPN live at 11:30 p.m. until 5 a.m. Saturday, handing it off to NBC live at 5 a.m. until 3 p.m.
NBC now comes on at 1 a.m. PDT instead of 4 a.m., and goes until the conclusion of play. If it spills to Monday (Wales time), NBC’s USA Network jumps in (it once did this back in the day), starting at 11 p.m. Sunday night live and going until it ends Monday morning.