Stories From the Course With Former PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem: A Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame Sit-Down
Finchem is a member of the 2020 class of the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame
After the postponement of the physical Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame ceremony in New York City, we honored the nine-person class during a virtual discussion back in December. In this conversation, SVG Editorial Director Ken Kerschbaumer speaks with former PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem.
Under his 22-year tenure from 1994 through 2016, prize money skyrocketed, moving from under $100 million on three tours in 1994 to more than $400 million on six tours when he retired in 2017. He created signature events in today’s game, including the FedExCup and the FedExCup Playoffs, the Presidents Cup and the World Golf Championships. THE PLAYERS Championship also became a must-see TV event, part of Finchem’s impact that expanded far beyond the PGA TOUR as he left his mark on the global game. He spearheaded efforts to coordinate the bid for golf’s return to the Olympics, which became a reality in the 2016 Games after a 112-year absence.