From The Inbox

Would-be viewer takes a DirecTV hit; Less yammering and fewer commercials, please

From the Morning Read Inbox readers respond to recent articles surrounding viewership and golf and politics

Would-be viewer takes a DirecTV hit
I’m looking forward to the PGA Tour playoffs. Unfortunately, DirecTV and Nexstar are having a “he said, she said” disagreement for a couple of pennies, and the result is that we do not get CBS. Therefore, no playoffs this week.

Sure, Golf Channel replays it at midnight, but I don't want to watch golf at midnight on a Sunday.

So, enjoy the playoffs, everyone. Even though I already pay more than $100 a month for DirecTV, I guess it's not enough to watch a little golf on TV.

I'm old. I remember, “The customer is always right.” So much for that. DirecTV has never heard the expression.

Ken Drake
Albany, Ore.

Less yammering and fewer commercials, please
No, reader Craig Merkle, you definitely are not alone (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Aug. 7).

The standards of televised golf steadily have declined over the past few years, with more "pundits" and "experts" who are interviewed ad nauseam about what the "best" players are going to do on different golf courses. This is followed by a huge number of commercials, interspersed with a few seconds of action described by inane commentators who won't shut up when they should.

Sometimes in golf, less is more, particularly in commentating. In 1986, when Jack Nicklaus sank the birdie putt on No. 17 at Augusta National on his way to winning the Masters, Verne Lundquist's only comment was a subdued, “Oh, my.”

I know that commercials pay for the programming, but the number and length have increased in recent years, with very few exceptions. A small number of tournaments, such as the Masters, have limited commercial interruptions, and I would bet large sums of money that the viewership of these events far exceeds that of the others.

It would be nice to see some kind of balance between ads and action. I truly believe that viewership would increase.

Paul Sunderland
Los Angeles

Build a wall between golf and politics
It was surprising to read the political rant of reader Joe Williamson and his not-so-subtle attempt to present it as a view of Nike and its place in the golf world (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Aug. 7).

Everyone has his opinions and values as they relate to the many issues in our troubled world, and Williamson's are as important as any in a discussion regarding what Nike's agenda may or may not have been in its recent advertising. Where they maybe don't fit so well is in a forum that is based on news and information in the world of golf.

Perhaps we could leave the politics and rhetoric out of Morning Read so that it might stay as a forum where we can get a break from that constant noise.

Baird Heide
Bradford, Ontario

Mark it once, quit fidgeting and putt the ball
When playing “lift, clean and place” in the fairway, the ball is in play as soon as the player takes his hand off the ball. The ball may not be remarked and placed again.

The rule for marking and replacing a ball on the green should be the same. The player should be allowed to mark and lift the ball only one time. As soon as the player releases a ball when replacing it on the green, the ball would be in play, and he should not be allowed to remark until after a stroke has been made.

This would eliminate the time used by many players who mark and adjust the ball multiple times, lining up a line on the ball with their line.

Most likely, this would be nicknamed The Furyk Rule.

Mo York
Mount Pleasant, S.C.

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