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From a piece I wrote for The Irish Times.

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Peter Dawson’s pre-Open press conference yesterday did little to quell the story that the BBC’s days are numbered as the broadcast partner of the Open Championship. In fact, as something of a regular Dawson-watcher I was surprised by the extent of his thinking aloud: he was all but blowing kisses in the direction of Sky Sports’ Barney Francis. 

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The Bollinger tent, a fixture of The Open Championship for many years, is no more. 

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Chevrolet had me going for a while. 

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Bloody love this. HT @beardedgenius

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127a8cdd734240fc81ed118beaae42e4Rory McIlroy’s protracted legal exit from his deal with Horizon Sports Management is an important story in the golf biz, one with potential implications for the players involved, the way agencies work and potentially, the famed harmony of the European Ryder Cup team. But that’s not how Golf Digest sees it. 

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Received an email press release – see below – from a company called Carmudi, which contained a joke, one they didn’t quite have the confidence to pull off.

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Bq6ibkyIYAAuvRd@Synergytim did a good post on the attempts and mis-steps by brands seeking to get some social media buzz around the Suarez bite, Five Real Time Marketing Lessons From #Suarez.

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Note, it’s not fair to call Nike an ambusher. They spend gazillions on World Cup via players and teams, just not with Fifa. Not an argument you’ll hear from adidas, but it’s true. Figures relate to the Brand Affiliation Index (BAI) – no, me neither – part of a study by Global Language Monitor (GLM) – ditto.

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Philip Reid, the excellent Irish Times golf correspondent, saw this photo at an exhibition of children’s art at the Irish Open. Is the life of Rory really that bad?

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The line between editorial and advertising is blurred and getting more so.

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Mark Doidge cites Sony and Coke as companies using city centre live sites to play the global, local game around the World Cup.

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Taken from Barbara Smit’s peerless book on the sports business, Pitch Battle. Sepp in the type of shorts he advocates for women’s football.

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So much of my interest in the World Cup is about projection, and nostalgia for childhood.

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The US Open at Pinehurst this week is the last time NBC covers the event, after a run of 20 years. This marks the end of Johnny Miller’s run as pundit in chief at the event.

“The Open always has been such a big part of my life,” Miller tells Golf Digest. There’s a great snippet on Miller’s role in the rights negotiation, as told by NBC Sport’s Dick Ebersol.

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A brilliant take down.

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Paddy Power have taken the Moral Arbiter and created a whole new betting category. 

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The Times cricket app is a nice idea. Why shouldn’t newspapers be cricket broadcasters?

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