NBC replacing Fox as USGA broadcaster

NBCUniversal will televise the U.S. Open and other USGA championships, reacquiring the rights from Fox Sports.

The USGA announced Monday that it transferred the rights between the networks effective immediately.

Details of the deal were not announced, but the USGA said NBCUniversal is taking over the agreement Fox signed in 2013. The contract runs through 2026 and reportedly was worth $1 billion.

The USGA said Fox ran into a scheduling jam this year as tournaments were rescheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Open at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, N.Y. was moved from June to Sept. 17-20, causing competition for air time with the network’s NFL, college football and MLB commitments.

Fox televised its first U.S. Open in 2015, won by Jordan Spieth at Chambers Bay near Tacoma, Wash. NBC aired the USGA events from 1995 through 2014.

NBCUniversal’s networks include NBC Sports, Golf Channel and Peacock.

“Partnering with NBCUniversal, including Golf Channel, gives us an unparalleled opportunity to connect and engage with the core golf audience more directly and routinely, and as a non-profit, to continue to have a significant and lasting impact on the game,” USGA chief executive Mike Davis said in a statement.

Under the deal, NBC will broadcast four USGA championships this year: the U.S. Women’s Amateur (Aug. 3-9), U.S. Amateur (Aug. 10-16), U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open (Dec. 10-13).

Starting in 2021, NBCU will televise eight championships, including the Walker Cup.

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