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Turner Sports Announces Commentators for Live PPV Coverage of Capital One's The Match: Tiger vs. Phil on Friday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m. ET

15/11/2018

Turner Sports Announces Commentators for Live PPV Coverage of Capital One's The Match: Tiger vs. Phil on Friday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m. ET Thursday, November 15, 2018

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Sports Emmy Award Winner Ernie Johnson to Call Unprecedented PPV Match with

Darren Clarke & Peter Jacobsen, Along with Reporters Natalie Gulbis & Shane Bacon

Adam Lefkoe to Host The Pre-Match Show Presented by Capital One with Pat Perez,

Samuel L. Jackson & Charles Barkley on Friday, Nov. 23, Beginning at 2 p.m. ET

Turner Sports' live PPV coverage of Capital One's The Match: Tiger vs. Phil, the highly-anticipated showdown between the iconic Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, will be led by Sports Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Ernie Johnson providing play-by-play, alongside analysts Darren Clarke - 2011 Open Championship winner - and NBC Sports/Golf Channel's Peter Jacobsen, and reporters Shane Bacon and LPGA veteran Natalie Gulbis. The broadcast team will provide commentary throughout the winner-take-all $9 million match play competition, to be held Friday, Nov. 23, at Noon PT / 3 p.m. ET (suggested retail price of $19.99) from the exclusive Shadow Creek in Las Vegas.

Additionally, Turner Sports will produce The Pre-Match Show Presented by Capital One - Friday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. ET - offering fans a look inside the preparation of Woods and Mickelson immediately preceding the main event. The pre-show coverage - including footage of Woods and Mickelson warming up on the putting green and driving range - will be a combination of sports and entertainment.

Bleacher Report's Adam Lefkoe will host the one-hour, pre-match show with three-time PGA Tour winner Pat Perez, along with Samuel L. Jackson and Charles Barkley, among other special guests. The pre-show commentator team will also be integrated into the live event coverage at select moments during the competition.

Live coverage of Capital One's The Match: Tiger vs. Phil will be distributed via PPV through Turner's B/R Live (available now for purchase), AT&T's DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse. The PPV event will be distributed to other cable, satellite and telco operators including Comcast, Charter, Cox, Verizon and Altice in the U.S. and Rogers, Shaw and Bell in Canada through In Demand and Vubiquity (an Amdocs Company). AT&T is the official 4K sponsor of The Match, which will also be broadcast in 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) on DIRECTV channel 106 for $29.99*. Turner International will facilitate the distribution of live PPV access outside the U.S. and Canada.

The Pre-Match Show Presented by Capital One will be available across all pay-per-view carrier platforms, along with wide-ranging distribution available for free to all fans via through simulcasts on the Bleacher Report and B/R Live Facebook (B/R; B/R Live), Twitter (B/R; B/R Live) and YouTube (B/R; B/R Live) social platforms.

In addition to live pay-per-view event coverage, accompanying content distributed across wide-ranging Turner, WarnerMedia and AT&T platforms includes:

HBO Sports and its groundbreaking 18-time Sports Emmy Award-winning 24/7 reality franchise, capturing all the excitement leading up to the match, which debuted Nov. 13 and is currently available via VOD, HBO GO and HBO NOW platforms;

Bleacher Report and its wildly-popular House of Highlights, which recently surpassed 10 million followers on Instagram, offering comprehensive highlights and behind-the-scenes content;

Turner's TNT televising programming with select content from the event on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m. ET.

As previously announced, Turner Sports' live PPV coverage will feature first-of-its-kind innovations for live golf including:

Woods and Mickelson, along with their caddies, mic'd throughout the entire event, to capture the strategy and competitive banter that takes place during the winner-take-all $9 million match play competition;

Live state-of-the-art drone coverage - Drone View by AT&T - delivering camera angles that have never been seen before for a live golf event;

Data elements from Toptracer, presented by Capital One, that will display real-time trajectories and flight path for each shot, along with other compelling production components designed to bring viewers unmatched access to this head-to-head competition.

Both Woods and Mickelson will selectively make side challenges against one another during the live competition. For instance, Woods or Mickelson could raise the stakes by challenging the other on whether one of them can make a crucial putt from 10-feet away, the chances of one of them getting up-and-down from a certain location on the course or similar competition during a hole as they play their match, with money being donated to the winning golfer's charity of choice.

The media rights agreement with Turner was completed in partnership between CAA Sports, Excel Sports Management and Lagard re Sports. Excel and Lagard re Sports, who represent Woods and Mickelson respectively, are also the event organizers for The Match.

*Limited programming available. 4K HDR compatible equipment, minimum programming, 4K account authorization and professional installation required. If 4K TV does not support HDR, content will be viewable in standard 4K. Other conditions apply.

About Turner

Turner, a WarnerMedia company, is a global entertainment, sports and news company that creates premium content and delivers exceptional experiences to fans whenever and wherever they consume content. These efforts are fueled by data-driven insights and industry-leading technology. Turner owns and operates some of the most valuable brands in the world, including Adult Swim, Bleacher Report, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN, ELEAGUE, Great Big Story, HLN, iStreamPlanet, TBS, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), TNT, truT
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