ESPN Moves Golf Event From Trump-Owned Club

The fallout from Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recent remarks about Mexican immigrants continued yesterday as ESPN moved a July golf event from Trump’s National Golf Club.

The sports network was scheduled to hold its July 14 Celebrity Golf Classic from Trump National Golf Club but will instead move it to the Pelican Hill Golf Club in Los Angeles, according to a statement.

“We decided it was appropriate to change the venue, and are grateful for the opportunity to stage the event at Pelican Hill on short notice,” the network said in a statement. “This charity outing benefits The V Foundation’s Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund, providing resources for important cancer research for minority populations, including Hispanics and African Americans.  Our decision reflects our deep feelings for our former colleague and support for inclusion of all sports fans.  Diversity and inclusion are core values at ESPN and our decision also supports that commitment.”

The move follows NBC and Univision’s decision last month to cut ties with Trump-owned events including the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants due to Trump’s comments about Mexicans.  

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.