Golf News for Tuesday, December 17, 2013 | Marketing

Golf Channel announces debut of new logo for golf media network

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Golf Channel unveiled a new logo for the network, reflecting its ever-evolving golf media businesses within the NBC Sports Group. This new brand look will strengthen Golf Channel's position as a worldwide voice for golf news and tournament coverage, as well as programming that touches all aspects of the game.

The logo, which uses the word "GOLF" next to the iconic NBC peacock, will activate across Golf Channel's various platforms in May 2014 in connection to THE PLAYERS Championship, the PGA TOUR's flagship tournament. The new version will replace the network's transitional logo, which has been used on Golf Channel and NBC since the network became part of the NBC Sports Group in 2011.

"The English word "golf" is recognized around the world and nearly in every language. And with Golf Channel's evolution over the past two decades from a cable television business to a global golf business, using the word 'golf" in our logo positions the business for further growth in the decades to come," said Regina O'Brien, Golf Channel Senior Vice President of Brand Marketing. "The new logo and its custom font visually synchronizes Golf Channel's ever-growing portfolio of businesses and creates brand consistency across all Golf Channel and NBC platforms that are rooted in golf."

What started as an upstart cable sports channel in 1995 by co-founders Arnold Palmer and Joe Gibbs, has evolved into a powerful golf lifestyle brand, which is now available in 120 million households in 83 countries worldwide. Since joining NBC Sports Group, Golf Channel has been one of the fastest growing networks in television and has set most-watched year records consecutively for the past three years. The network is now accompanied by a suite of digital platforms including GolfChannel.com, Golf Channel Mobile and Golf Live Extra streaming. Additionally, several golf lifestyle businesses have flourished in recent years including GolfNow, the world's number-one online tee time service and technology partner for golf courses; Golf Channel SwingFix, an instructional platform with individualized video swing analysis by certified PGA and LPGA instructors; as well as Golf Channel Amateur Tour, which hosted more than 800 amateur tournaments across North America with more than 7,000 participants. All of these brand extensions and golf lifestyle businesses, and future initiatives, will incorporate the new brand style and custom font, which will clearly link each of these platforms to Golf Channel, the high-quality, flagship platform at the business' core.

Golf Channel's new logo was created in partnership with Troika, a Hollywood-based brand consultancy and creative agency.

About Golf Channel:
Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. Golf Channel, co-founded by Arnold Palmer in 1995 and now part of the NBC Sports Group, is available in more than 120 million homes and 83 countries worldwide. Exclusive partnerships with the world's top tours allow Golf Channel to feature more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, as well as a programming schedule distinguished by golf's highest-quality news, instruction and original programming. Customers of participating cable, satellite, telco and other video subscription services, are able to enjoy 24/7 streaming of live Golf Channel content through GolfChannel.com and Golf Channel's mobile application, Golf Live Extra. Golf Channel's digital platforms are the leading golf destinations on the Internet, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf, as well as services that connect the world to golf.

Press Contacts:
David Schaefer
Golf Channel Communications
407-355-4542
David.Schaefer@golfchannel.com

Dan Higgins
Golf Channel Communications
407-355-4018
Dan.Higgins@golfchannel.com