"It's kind of a city in itself,” says Lance Barrow, CBS Sports Production Coordinator. It takes an army of over 100 people from camera operators, to engineers, to production to get the tournament on the air for CBS and the golf channel.
They began arriving at TPC Deere Run last Wednesday, setting up the TV compound, with most of the crew coming in on Monday to prepare for JDC coverage. It's just, you know, putting on a broadcast that tells the story, that you don't miss anything, that you're clicking on all ends,” says Barrow.
So what makes covering the John Deere Classic so special? "This year I thought they had a really good top heavy field. A lot of good players, so, um, just get here, get organized, and try to put our best foot forward,” says Kurt Byrum with the Golf Channel. "This particular event reminds me of the early days of the PGA Tour when guys like Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan would go by car from city to city. And when they got there, the entire town would turn out,” says Bill Macatee with CBS Sports.
Once the JDC champ is crowned, and CBS fades to black, it’s onto the next tournament. “It is very fast pace. We gotta get to the next city. We gotta move on. It’s kinda like the circus,” says Barrow.
CBS4 will have a special, half-hour special beginning at 1:30pm Saturday, followed by CBS’ coverage of the John Deere Classic at 2:00pm.