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Discovery and the PGA Tour have struck a massive $2 billion deal for tournament rights outside of the United States through 2030. That’s a lot of green — and we’re not just talking about the putting surfaces.

The pricey (and lengthy) alliance, which tees off next year, will result in about 2,000 hours of content annually and nearly 150 tournaments, including The Players Championship, the FedExCup Playoffs, and the Presidents Cup. It will grant Discovery the exclusive non-U.S. television and multiplatform rights to all PGA Tour golf events by 2024 — here is a timetable for implementation:

Date
Markets
2019
Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain
2020
Poland, South Korea
2021
Belgium, China, Germany, South Africa
2022
Denmark, Finland, India, Norway, Sweden, UK
2024
France

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About those multiplatform rights: Together, Discovery and the PGA Tour will develop a new PGA Tour-branded OTT video streaming service to serve 220 markets and territories.

“Today is a fantastic day for golf fans around the world as Discovery proudly partners with the PGA Tour to create something that has never been done before,” David Zaslav, president and CEO, Discovery, said. “The long-term partnership between the PGA Tour and Discovery will create the new global Home of Golf, including delivering over 2000 hours of live content year-round and this prestigious sport’s greatest moments, stories and athletes. Following our successful first Olympic Games in PyeongChang, Discovery will contribute its strong global distribution and promotional infrastructure, in-market relationships, global sports expertise with direct-to-consumer platforms and brands to create a valuable new long-term Home of Golf offering in every market outside the U.S.”

“This is an exciting next step for the PGA Tour, which presents a tremendous opportunity to accelerate and expand our media business outside the United States, better service our international broadcast partners, and drive fan growth with a deeply experienced strategic global partner,” added Jay Monahan, commissioner, PGA Tour. “This partnership aligns very well with the opening of PGA Tour offices in London, Tokyo and Beijing in recent years and will support our long-term objectives of growing the game of golf. It also will deliver more value to our sponsors as it presents a tremendous opportunity to engage new and diverse audiences around the world.”

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The partnership will be led by Discovery’s Alex Kaplan, who is president and general manager of the new Discovery and PGA Tour venture. His management team will include the PGA Tour’s Thierry Pascal as head of distribution.

Kaplan previously was an executive vice president at Eurosport Digital, where he helped grow the Eurosport D2C business to over 1 million subscribers. Prior to joining Discovery, Kaplan was a senior vice president of global media distribution for the NBA.

“I am incredibly excited to work with David Zaslav and JB Perrette to take international coverage of PGA Tour golf to the next level,” Kaplan said. “We can’t wait to get started and build a world-class global platform and long-term distribution strategy to turn the vision of this partnership into a reality. By joining forces with the outstanding PGA Tour team, led by Jay Monahan and Rick Anderson, we have a unique opportunity to build an amazing product that will serve the fans with the golf content they love on every screen.”

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Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky is facing a doping charge after winning a bronze medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics, a violation that has several other athletes competing at the games collectively confused.

Krushelnitsky, who finished third in mixed doubles along with his wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova, tested positive for meldonium, a banned substance that increases blood flow and improves exercise capacity, CBS News reported Monday.

“I think most people will laugh and ask, ‘What could you possibly need doping for?’ as I am thinking,” Madeleine Dupont, skip for the Denmark rink, told the New York Post. “I’m not even sure what use doping would be for in curling. There is probably something with strength, I’m not sure, it’s not down my alley.”

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Other curlers were bewildered to why a curler would need a banned substance.

“We’ve always said how great it is that we have a sport where scandals don’t happen because we really don’t need it,” Viktoria Moiseeva, skip of the Olympic Athletes from Russia women’s team also told the New York Post. “With us, it’s not faster, higher, stronger, it’s about being more accurate… I can’t imagine what kind of drugs you could use in curling, and for what.”

International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams confirmed Krushelnitsky’s positive test, which he says could mean the Russian competitors will not be allowed to march under their own flag at the closing ceremony — a ruling that was supposed to be decided on this week.

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The country’s team was banned from the Olympics in connection with a giant doping scheme from the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. That’s why they are required to compete instead as the “Olympic Athletes from Russia.”

The Russian Curling Federation president, Dmitry Svishchev, said Krushelnitsky tested clean in January before arriving for pre-Olympic training and it’s possible his food or drink was spiked by rival Russian athletes or the country’s political enemies.

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Sport in Denmark is diverse. The national sport is Football (soccer) with the most notable results being qualifying for the European Championships six times in a row (1984–2004) and winning the Championship in 1992. Other significant achievements include winning the Confederations Cup in 1995 and reaching the quarter final of the 1998 World Cup. Other popular sports include handball, cycling, sailing sports, badminton, ice hockey, swimming and recently also golf. A few youths also play basketball. Sport is encouraged in school, and there are local sports clubs in all cities and most towns. The national stadium is the Parken Stadium.


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