Think American Pickers meets Pawn Stars meets golf memorabilia and the auction industry.
A new golf network debuting at the end of September on DIRECTV will include a golf memorabilia reality series as part of its original programming. Back9Network, described as a ‘golf lifestyle’ network, will launch September 29 with nearly 1,100 hours of original programming in its first year including ten original prime time series.
Golf Treasures follows prominent golf collectors Ryan Carey and Bob Zafian, owners of Green Jacket Auctions, as they travel the globe on a mission to hunt down and acquire the world’s rarest and most sought after golf memorabilia.
About a year ago, Carey and Zafian shot a pilot episode for the series, which is being produced by IMG. Carey says negotiations then began to find an initial cable or satellite provider. With DIRECTV on board, it’s possible more deals could follow with cable providers but for now, at least, satellite is where you’ll find the show.
The premise has Carey and Zafian traveling to collectors and others who own potentially valuable and/or interesting golf memorabilia, hearing the stories behind those items and hoping to acquire them for their auction.
“The first season of Golf Treasures will be eight 30-minute episodes,” Carey told Sports Collectors Daily. “Over the past couple weeks, we shot two episodes, with the upcoming ones to be shot over the next eight weeks.”
Back9Network will have live morning, midday, and evening shows, as well as a variety of golf lifestyle programming covering travel, real estate, food, fashion, courses and equipment. Back9Network will be located on DIRECTV channel 262.
Network programming will originate in Hartford, CT.
Led by Emmy-award winning host/executive producer Ahmad Rashad, Back9Network’s signature primetime programming at launch will include three 30-minute shows (airdates TBA) including Golf Treasures.
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