Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson $9M The Match Drives Marketing Partners, PPV, Activation
Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 04:07PM
NYSportsJournalism.com in Golf, Phil Michelson, Tiger Woods, Turner Sports, sports marketing, the Match

By Barry Janoff

October 25, 2018: Turner Sports has unveiled details about the head-to-head $9 million golf match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, scheduled for Nov. 23, and golf fans may not be all that pleased.

Capital One’s The Match: Tiger vs. Phil will be shown on various PPV outlets, with a suggested retail price of $19.99, including Turner’s B/R Live, AT&T’s DirecTV and U-verse.

The match will take place on Shadow Creek Golf Course, Las Vegas, owned by MGM Resorts International.

Marketing partners include presenting sponsor Capital One, Audi, AT&T and MGM Resorts.

Woods' own roster of marketing partners includes Bridgestone Golf, Hero, Kowa, Monster Energy, Nike, TaylorMade and Upper Deck.

Mickelson’s sponsors include Amgen, Callaway, Grayhawk, Intrepid, KMPG, Mizzen + Main, Rolex and Workday.

If you are in or planning to go to Las Vegas, however, don’t expect to see the mega-event in person unless you already have connections.

"The Match" will not be open to the public, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, but will be open to sponsors and VIP guests.

Capital One is also the official bank and credit card. Activation includes on-course signage and on-air media buys.

As title sponsor, Capital One said it would “collaborate with Turner Sports and Turner Ignite Sports on a number of digital and broadcast integrations leading up to and during the live pay-per-view event."

AT&T is the official 4K sponsor and official wireless and data services partner, and will have media buys and on-course-signage.

AT&T will also present drone course coverage for the first time at Shadow Creek.

Associate sponsor Audi will serve as the official automotive partner.

Audi will have on-air and on-course signage, will host the Audi Driving Range and will have a variety of vehicles on display for attendees.

Turner Sports and its Turner Ignite Sports are also “working closely with additional marketing partners to elevate their brands within this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Excel and Lagardère Sports, who represent Woods and Mickelson, respectively, are also event organizers for "The Match."

PPV will also 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.

Turner International will facilitate the distribution of live PPV access outside the U.S. and Canada.

Turner said the PPV Event “reflects new AT&T combined resources,”

According to David Levy, Turner president, “For the first time since AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner (now WarnerMedia), Turner, DirecTV and HBO will present a multi-faceted presentation of the live event and accompanying content across a vast array of platforms.”

WarnerMedia’s Turner Sports is producing all live event coverage while also serving as the exclusive sales and sponsorship partner, in conjunction with Excel Sports Management and Lagardère Sports.

This event would reach not just golf fans but fringe and even non-golf enthusiasts.

HBO Sports plans a 24/7 series leading up to the match.

Bleacher Report’s House of Highlights will offer comprehensive highlights and behind-the-scenes content.

Turner Sports and its Ignite Sports are “working closely with additional marketing partners to elevate their brands with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

In addition, Turner’s TNT will air programming with select content from the event in the weeks following the live competition.

While the winner of "The March" will get $9 million, during the live event competition, both Woods and Mickelson will selectively make side challenges against one another.

Both men said that a portion of the winnings as well as from media rights would go to charities of their choice.

According to Steve Loy, Mickelson’s manager, Mickelson plans to donate to The Phil & Amy Mickelson Foundation, the Children of the 58 fund and the Las Vegas Shriners.

Woods will donate to The Tiger Woods Foundation and other unspecified local charities, according to his manager.

Broadcast talent and other event specifics for Capital One’s The Match: Tiger vs. Phil will be announced in the coming weeks.

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