Golf Channel, LPGA tee it up


The Golf Channel said Wednesday it has reached a deal to carry the LPGA Tour exclusively on cable beginning next year.

Financial terms of the 10-year rights deal weren't disclosed, but the channel said the LPGA is the only stand-alone women's professional sports association that will receive a rights fee for domestic TV coverage.

The Comcast-owned sports channel has had a relationship with the LPGA since 1995. Recently, the Golf Channel has carried the Solheim Cup (the female version of the Ryder Cup) and the McDonald's LPGA Championship, one of the tour's four majors.

The new deal will include the Solheim Cup, third- and fourth-round coverage of domestic LPGA events and one major international feed and early rounds of tournaments that are picked up on broadcast nets on weekends.