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NBC Dictates Golf Tournament Tee Time

TV setting starting times for sporting events is nothing new, but this weekend, the BMW Championship at Cog Hill is having its third-round tee time on Saturday moved to 8 am. Why?

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As dictated by NBC, which will air the Michigan-Notre Dame game at 2:30 p.m., third-round leaders will step up to the 18th tee shortly after 2 p.m.
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↵To compensate, play will begin earlier than normal.
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↵“It’s not ideal,” said Vince Pellegrino, the Western Golf Association’s vice president for tournaments. “But we’ll start at 8 a.m. and go till 2:30, and that gives people the opportunity to come early, watch some great golf and then watch some football in the afternoon.”

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Pellegrino hopes the presence in the BMW of top names such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will have an impact.
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↵If rain causes a delay Saturday — there’s a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms — play would continue after 2:30 p.m. and would be shown on another network.

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Notre Dame football or golf. Which would you choose?