TV production tender launched for 2019 Solheim Cup
By Jonathan Rest
The Ladies European Tour has launched a request for proposals for the provision of world feed television production services for the 2019 Solheim Cup, the biennial women's golf competition pitting USA against Europe.
The tournament will be played on the PGA Centenary Course at The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland, from 9 to 15 September, 2019.
Suitably qualified vendors are invited to apply by midday (GMT) on 13 December via the Public Contracts Scotland website.
The LET said in a statement that it welcomes bids that will "highlight the uniqueness of the world’s most prestigious international women’s professional golf team event compared with other women’s and men’s golf tournaments, including The Ryder Cup."
Last year, IMG, the international sports and entertainment agency, agreed a partnership with VisitScotland, the Scottish tourism agency, to stage the 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles.
Responsibility for delivering the event on behalf of the Scottish Government sits with the EventScotland team, who will work in partnership with IMG to stage the tournament.
IMG has a strong pedigree in producing live coverage of golf events. Indeed, European Tour Productions, its joint venture with the men's European Tour, was the host broadcaster of the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, but the LET told Sportcal today that the relationship with IMG will have no bearing on the outcome of the tender.
It said: "The LET will evaluate all of the potential contractors according to a marking criteria and make the selection based on the best candidate."
The successful bid will be one that demonstrates how to raise the profile of the 2019 Solheim Cup "while also helping to inspire the next generation of female golfers, which in turn will increase participation levels of the sport."
The 2017 Solheim Cup took place in Des Moines, Iowa in August, with USA winning 16.5 to 11.5.
U.Com, the Germany-based media rights and production company, was in charge of the world feed production of the last Solheim Cup organised by the LET, the 2015 edition in St. Leon-Rot, Baden-Württemberg.