NBC Sports Group has announced the acquisition of Revolution Golf, the largest direct-to-consumer digital platform in golf. With nearly 2 million highly-engaged subscribers, Revolution Golf partners with some of the most recognizable names in the industry to deliver high-quality, video-based instruction, travel content, and integrated e-commerce. The announcement was made by Mike McCarley, President, Golf, NBC Sports Group and Justin Tupper, CEO of Revolution Golf.
This addition to NBC Sports’ digital portfolio strengthens its ability to serve the largest community of active golfers through multiple digital platforms, including Golf Channel’s traditional digital media and social channels, GolfNow’s tee-time marketplaces, multiple golf lifestyle brands and, now, Revolution Golf’s instructional, travel and e-commerce connections. The agreement also increases NBC Sports’ digital monthly users aggregated across all platforms to 15 million active golfers who rely upon NBC Sports’ digital platforms to connect with the sport they love and play.
“A pioneering spirit has fueled Golf Channel’s growth since Arnold Palmer founded the company 22 years ago and that spirit continues today as Revolution Golf joins the NBC Sports Group,” said Mike McCarley, President, Golf, NBC Sports. “From a business standpoint, as we continue to evolve for the future, Revolution Golf adds another subscription-based business that is not dependent on rights fees. We look forward to integrating Revolution Golf into our portfolio of digital golf lifestyle products, amplifying progressive e-commerce opportunities and offering unique content to more golfers around the globe.”
Revolution Golf Serves Instruction, Travel and E-Commerce
“NBC Sports’ investment is tremendous news for our increasingly expanding subscriber base of nearly 2 million golfers, as we can enhance our video content by utilizing Golf Channel’s expertise, expanding current e-commerce offerings to a wider range of products and ultimately scaling our business by tapping into NBCUniversal’s global reach,” said Justin Tupper, CEO and Founder, Revolution Golf, who will be based from Golf Channel’s World Headquarters in Orlando. “Specifically, I am eager to tap into Golf Channel’s comprehensive library of content that spans Bobby Jones to Ben Hogan to Jack Nicklaus to Phil Mickelson. Our Revolution Golf community appreciates high-quality content, which has been a guiding principle of Golf Channel for more than two decades.”
Tupper started producing instructional videos on DVD’s in 2009, running the business out of his house. Over the next eight years, Revolution Golf invested more than $25 million in advertising to build what is now one of the largest and most-engaged audiences in all of golf. Video-based instruction forms the core of Revolution Golf with elite instructors Martin Chuck, Sean Foley, Martin Hall, Jim McLean and Andrew Rice featured on the platform. About five years ago, the company launched a premium subscription offering (RG+) for which members pay up to $124 a year to access a library of exclusive video content, special offers on training aids, equipment, and exclusive, member-only events.
“Our focus across all of the Revolution Golf properties has been to fuel our audience’s passion for the game of golf. Two-thirds of our subscribers’ report playing golf at least once a week in-season and they have an insatiable thirst to get better at the game, learn about the latest and greatest equipment and training aids, and travel to marquee destinations and events,” said David Baum, president, Revolution Golf. “Our unique approach, which integrates content with commerce, has been one of the great success stories in golf over the last five years. We could not be more excited about our future prospects with the power of NBC Sports and Golf Channel behind us.”
Additionally, with the backing of Golf Channel, GolfNow and Golf Advisor, Revolution Golf members now will have access to golf courses, both locally and at golf destinations around the globe. And an additional suite of digital lifestyle brands will integrate within Golf Channel’s digital portfolio, including Revolution Golf’s travel properties Golf Vacation Insider and Golf Odyssey, with a combined subscriber base of more than 600,000 avid golf travelers.
NBC Sports’ Digital Portfolio Reaches Industry Leading 15 Million Engaged Golfers
With the addition of Revolution Golf, NBC Sports’ digital portfolio for golf reaches 15 million engaged golfers and is comprised of four cornerstones, each of which are industry-leading platforms. Additionally, NBC Sports’ cumulative database features 6.4 million active golfers – who are consuming content, purchasing tee times, competing at events, traveling to destinations, and ultimately embracing their golf lifestyle.
- Traditional Digital Media Platforms: Fueled by the most-affluent audience in all of television, Golf Channel’s digital media includes all-encompassing editorial coverage on Golf Channel Digital, 24/7 live streaming through Golf Channel Digital and the NBC Sports App powered by Playmaker Media, and domestic and international e-newsletters. This traditional digital platform, the largest in golf, complements Golf Channel’s linear television, which is delivered to 84 countries, nine languages and available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide.
- Transactional Platform: GolfNow, golf’s leading technology provider and tee-time marketplace, makes it easier for golfers to play more golf and facilitated the bookin of more than 16 million rounds in 2016. Additionally, GolfNow is at the intersection of golf and technology by providing seamless solutions to 8,000 golf course partners in 23 countries to more efficiently and effectively operate their businesses.
- User-Generated and Participation Platforms:
- Golf Advisor: Generated for golfers, by golfers, GolfAdvisor.com currently features more than 617,000 ratings and reviews, the largest collection in golf.
- Social Media: With more than 3.4 million aggregate followers, as well as an additional 3.6 million followers of on-air commentators, Golf Channel’s social media footprint interacts with the industry’s broadest community of golf fans via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others.
- Golf Channel Am Tour: With more than 700 amateur tournaments a year across North America, Golf Channel Amateur Tour has grown to become the largest amateur golf tour with more than 7,400 active competitors.
- Golf Channel Academy: With a network of 94 high-quality instruction facilities and more than 220 professional instructors throughout North America, Golf Channel Academy is integrated across Golf Channel’s platforms as golfer’s local resource to tap into the benefits of in-person instruction.
- Direct-to-Consumer, E-Commerce Platform: Revolution Golf, the largest direct-to-consumer digital business in golf with a subscriber base of nearly 2 million golfers in 40 countries.
Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. Serving the most-affluent audience in all of television, Golf Channel – co-founded by Arnold Palmer in 1995 and now part of NBC Sports Group – is available to nearly 500 million viewers in 78 countries and nine languages around the world. Golf Channel features more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, including tournament action from the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, The Open, Olympics, and Ryder Cup, as well as high-quality news, instruction and original programming.
Delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf, fans are able to enjoy 24/7 live streaming of Golf Channel content through Golf Channel Digital and the NBC Sports App, powered by Playmaker Media. In addition, Golf Channel connects the world to golf through a wide array of digital and lifestyle services including Golf Channel Mobile, a comprehensive app covering golf’s latest headlines, scores and analysis; GolfNow, the world’s largest online tee time booking platform and golf course technology partner, which includes the GolfNow Mobile App, featuring on-course GPS tracking, in-round scoring and game tracking; GolfAdvisor.com, the world’s largest golf course ratings and review resource for golfers, by golfers; a North American network of Golf Channel Academy instructional facilities; and Golf Channel Am Tour, the world’s largest amateur golf tour.