I did watch about an hour and a half online of the event outside London. I'll say this: in that hour and a half I saw more golf shots from a greater variety of golfers then I see in 3 hours of coverage from the golf channel or NBC. The technical ability to cover golf on TV- more cameras, high definition, shot tracers etc has improved significantly over the last 10 years- the TV production of the events, has not. Not just the commercials as Bev duly noted, but the non-golf things shown- chit chat with sponsors, watching Tiger Woods walk in from or out to, the parking lot, while we are missing golf is something that is irritating.
Also they made it so that many people feel if Tiger isn't playing, it doesn't matter and they'll show highlights of his round even if he is far out of contention. His days of competing are limited at best and what then? They have tried to build up a stream of "successors" from Rory to Spieth by giving them similar exposure out of proportion to where they stand in a given tournament and hence many viewers only know a handful of golfers. It is a a great and compettiive game and and can be sold on that basis more effectively over the long term in my opinion.
I just finished hosting two golfers for the Northeast Amateur, been doing it for years. northeastamateur.com/ It is part of the new Elite Amateur Golf Series. www.eliteamateurgolfseries.org/ This game is in great hands going forward with the talent coming up and as shoes mentioned it can be presented better by the networks. I'm guessing that change is coming soon. I won't really miss any of the LIV golfers. No interest in the product.