PGA Tour extends DirecTV deal

US satellite-television provider DirecTV has extended a media rights deal for four PGA Tour golf tournaments.

The new deal will run for five years, from 2015 to 2019.

Under the agreement, DirecTV will expand weekend coverage of the tournaments through the ‘PGA Tour Experience’ programming block, beginning with this week’s Northern Trust Open in California, US.

The deal also covers the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship, the Memorial presented by Nationwide and The Barclays, which will take place in May, June and August, respectively.

DirecTV will offer a four ‘mix’ channels to cover the tournaments, including the CBS Sports network feed, the ‘Launch Pad’ channel focusing on the long drives, the ‘ShotLink Channel’ providing a data-intensive perspective, and a ‘Follow-A-Group’ channel allowing viewers to follow certain players around the course.

DirecTV started providing the coverage of the tournaments in 2013.