Disc Golf Network To Broadcast Select 2023 PDGA Euro Tour Events
We are pleased to announce that eight of PDGA Euro Tour events will be streamed live on Disc Golf Network in 2023, thanks to an expanded partnership with Disc Golf Pro Tour. In addition to the PCS Open, which will return to the DGPT schedule as an Elite Event, the Disc Golf Network will now produce full-scale live broadcasts at a majority of 2023 Euro Tour events. The stream will include separate streams for FPO division playing in the morning as well as MPO division playing in the afternoon on all three days. This makes it a whopping 48 live shows from PDGA Euro Tour 2023.
The events are as follows.
- Konopiště Open | Konopiště, Czech Republic | 9th - 11th June
- Krokhol Open | Siggerud, Norway | 23rd - 25th June
- Swedish Open | Borås, Sweden | 30th June - 2nd July
- Skellefteå Open | Skellefteå, Sweden | 7th - 9th July
- PCS Open | Øverås, Norway | 13th - 15th July
- Åland Open | Åland, Finland| 28th - 30th July
- Alutaguse Open | Johvi, Estonia | 11th - 13th August
- Andalucía Open / Tour Championship | Costa Ballena, Spain | 20th - 22nd October
This is not only a great day for all the European players to be able to showcase their skills on the best live disc golf streaming platform there is, but also for all the audience enjoying their time watching the top European players complete live and cheer for their favourites as well as meet new faces that might have been under their radar so far.
In addition to appearing on the 2023 Disc Golf Network live broadcast calendar, six of these events (excluding the Tour Championship) will also award points towards the 2023 Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship at the same level as Silver Events.
“The DGPT is dedicated to supporting the continued expansion of high level competition in Europe, and the PDGA Euro Tour is the leader and cornerstone of that growth,” said Jeff Spring, DGPT CEO. “Our enhanced partnership with the Euro Tour means the Disc Golf Network will deliver expansive opportunities for European disc golf fans to watch live broadcasts in their time zones and for European professionals to earn points towards the DGPT Championship. We are thrilled to feature the best up-and-coming European players competing at world-class courses.”
PDGA Euro Tour Manager Matěj Verl sees the renewed partnership as a landmark moment for the sport. “Partnering with the DGPT strengthens the international reach of our sport and unveils the potential for further collaboration down the road,” said Verl. “Only now, with the growth of the sport and with this cooperation, disc golf is finally, truly, and fully entering its international era. With European players entering the main stage, the competition gets tighter and more appealing to viewers. With more top USA players finding it appealing to also compete in Europe and with European players getting more opportunities to showcase their skills on their home turf, this cooperation finds the best of both Worlds. I would like to thank Jeff Spring and the whole DGPT team for their collaboration and for making this happen.”
Expanding coverage to include broadcasts of top European events has been a long-term goal for Disc Golf Network since its inception in 2020. “Sending full event operations and broadcast teams to Norway and Finland in 2022 was a huge step forward for the Tour and the Network,” said Charles McCracken, DGPT Communications Director. “Partnering with the European Open to host a successful broadcast of the first European Pro Major in three years was only possible because of Disc Golf Network subscribers.
2022 set a new record for Disc Golf Network subscriptions with over 44,000 active subscribers in October leading up to the DGPT Championship. “Subscriber growth in 2022 was key to our ability to provide European coverage this season,” said DGPT Media Director Mahmoud Bahrani. “With growth comes an increase in resources for our team and new opportunities to showcase the best players competing at the highest levels. With the addition of these Euro Tour events, the Disc Golf Network will cover nearly fourty events over thirty weekends in 2023. We see that as a huge value for disc golf network subscribers and the growing disc golf fan base they represent.”
To ease time-zone-induced stress on live production and to allow for simultaneous broadcasts on Disc Golf Network when there is a U.S. event taking place at the same time, the Disc Golf Network is partnering with Pulsea, a European live production company, to establish a live production studio in the central European time zone. Pulsea brings 15 years of live broadcasting experience and a strong understanding of Disc Golf. Their main products also include Pulsea Disc Golf Academy - a new app that dissects the game into bite-sized videos for those eager to learn more about Disc Golf. The PDGA Euro Tour also plans to continue its partnership with More Disc Golf to provide post-production coverage of its 2023 events, which will also assist in live coverage production.
Registration to most of the events is already running at Disc Golf Scene, so do not miss your chance to be part of this!