fbpx
Favorites

© 2022 BVM Sports. Best Version Media, LLC.

Favorites

USGA transfers US media rights from Fox back to NBCUniversal

USGA transfers US media rights from Fox back to NBCUniversal
USGA TV Deal Golf - AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

The USGA is transferring its U.S. media rights from Fox Sports to NBC, which returns the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open to NBC this year and for the final seven years of the Fox contract.

The transfer is largely attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down golf for three months and let to a reconfiguration of the major championship schedule. That includes the U.S. Open, which was forced from its traditional Father’s Day spot on the calendar.

The U.S. Open now is scheduled for Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot in New York. Fox Sports also has contracts with the NFL, college football and Major League Baseball, which led Fox Sports to agree to NBCUniversal taking over the contract.

The Associated Press first reported the deal Sunday night.

“Recent events calling for the shift of the U.S. Open created scheduling challenges that were difficult to overcome,” said Eric Shanks, CEO and executive producer of Fox Sports. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, although the USGA said the rights fee it is paid would stay the same for the duration of the contract through 2026. The 12-year deal that Fox Sports signed was worth more than $90 million a year.

One person with direct knowledge of the transfer said NBC would pay just under half of the rights fee through the rest of the contract, with Fox picking up the rest. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because that detail was not publicly announced.

Two other people said the deal began to take shape earlier this month because of the scheduling conflict, and that Fox had contemplated moving the U.S. Open to FS1 because of football conflicts, which was met by objections from the USGA, including its CEO, Mike Davis.

The USGA said in a news release that what began as an exploration of how Fox and NBC could work together through the pandemic-affected calendar led to a broader conversation and ultimately an agreement for NBC to take over the U.S. media rights.

Because of the shutdown, particularly the qualifying for USGA events, only four events are being played this year — the U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Amateur in consecutive weeks in August, the U.S. Open in September and the U.S. Women’s Open in Houston on Dec. 10-13.

NBCUniversal and its properties will broadcast all of them.

“Partnering with NBCUniversal, including Golf Channel, gives us an unparalleled opportunity to connect and engage with the core golf audience more directly and routinely,” Davis said.

NBC televised the U.S. Open from 1995 through 2014. That ended when the USGA, in a move that surprised the industry, announced in 2013 it was moving to Fox Sports. According to Golf Digest, the key negotiators of that deal were Sarah Hirschland, Gary Stevenson and then-USGA President Glen Nager. All are no longer with the USA.

The last time NBC broadcast the U.S. Open, the Thursday and Friday rounds were televised on ESPN. The announcement did not say how that will be handled under the new agreement, though it likely will be a combination of NBC, Golf Channel and Peacock, the new streaming service of NBCUniversal expected to launch in a few weeks.

The deal means Comcast-owned NBC will have the U.S. Open and British Open, The Players Championship, three World Golf Championships, the Ryder Cup and the Presidents Cup. It also will have the FedEx Cup playoffs every other year when the new media rights deal with the PGA Tour begins, along with all majors on the LPGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions.

“Adding these prestigious USGA events to our already incredibly deep golf business, led by our long-term PGA Tour partnership … positions us as absolute leaders in the golf space,” said Pete Bevacqua, president of NBC Sports Group.

Get local sports news direct to your inbox

Originals

more
Bayliss Flynn makes history with NIL deal

Bayliss Flynn makes history with NIL deal

Bayliss Flynn made history in Minnesota by becoming the first high school athlete to sign…

Bengals RB Trayveon Williams to teach at Texas A&M

Bengals RB Trayveon Williams to teach at Texas A&M

Cincinnati Bengals running back Trayveon Williams will be a co-professor of a course for the…

Francesco Capocci brings helping attitude to UNC baseball

Francesco Capocci brings helping attitude to UNC baseball

Francesco Capocci grew up with North Carolina as his dream school. Now he is a…

A.J. Tisdell joins Badgers’ Class of 2023 recruiting class

A.J. Tisdell joins Badgers’ Class of 2023 recruiting class

A.J. Tisdell can shine in Wisconsin under Jim Leonhard.

Ajani Sheppard: From one year starter to Old Dominion commit

Ajani Sheppard: From one year starter to Old Dominion commit

Iona Preparatory quarterback Ajani Sheppard rose from no Division I offers to more than a…

Northwestern commit Tyler Gant fueled by success on and off field

Northwestern commit Tyler Gant fueled by success on and off field

Three-star Class of 2023 defensive lineman Tyler Gant will look to continue his athletic and…

Nathan Rourke off to record-setting start for BC Lions

Nathan Rourke off to record-setting start for BC Lions

Taking over as the starting quarterback of the BC Lions, former Ohio University standout Nathan…

Mitch Voit is living out a dream with Michigan baseball

Mitch Voit is living out a dream with Michigan baseball

Mitch Voit is about to live out his dream of being a Michigan Wolverine and…

Larissa Preuitt ready to represent ‘dream school’ Alabama

Larissa Preuitt ready to represent ‘dream school’ Alabama

Alabama's reigning Gatorade softball POY is ready to help the Crimson tide win their first…

GG Jackson ready to fill ‘big shoes’ at UNC as No. 1 recruit

GG Jackson ready to fill ‘big shoes’ at UNC as No. 1 recruit

GG Jackson’s athletic frame and winning mindset have made him the No. 1 player in…

Why QB Nico Iamaleava should be ranked over Arch Manning

Why QB Nico Iamaleava should be ranked over Arch Manning

Nico Iamaleava may not have the same name recognition as other quarterbacks in his class,…

Sam Kennedy is ready for Minnesota baseball

Sam Kennedy is ready for Minnesota baseball

Sam Kennedy is one of the best pitchers in the state of Minnesota and he…

Louisville commit Nick Drtina leads Nazareth to championship

Louisville commit Nick Drtina leads Nazareth to championship

Louisville commit Nick Drtina led a young and talented Nazareth Academy team to new heights…

Matthew Etzel’s DI dreams come true thanks to Panola

Matthew Etzel’s DI dreams come true thanks to Panola

Matthew Etzel’s dream of playing DI baseball is coming true.

Will Levis’ QB origin story to being a Kentucky Wildcat

Will Levis’ QB origin story to being a Kentucky Wildcat

Will Levis has become the face of the Kentucky football program and a potential first-round…

Atalyia Rijo bringing star-power to Arkansas softball

Atalyia Rijo bringing star-power to Arkansas softball

The top-ranked softball player in the state of New York and recent Gatorade Player of…

Isaac Howard excited for NHL Draft before UMD hockey debut

Isaac Howard excited for NHL Draft before UMD hockey debut

Isaac Howard has one stop at the 2022 NHL Draft before he heads to Duluth…

Brooks Lee brings San Luis Obispo pride to MLB Draft

Brooks Lee brings San Luis Obispo pride to MLB Draft

Brooks Lee has become a role model in his hometown of San Luis Obispo. With…

Arch Manning, No. 1 recruit in 2023 class, commits to Texas

Arch Manning, No. 1 recruit in 2023 class, commits to Texas

Arch Manning announced on Twitter that he will be continuing his football career at the…

Evan Chaffee making jump to Alabama, SEC baseball

Evan Chaffee making jump to Alabama, SEC baseball

Evan Chaffee's journey from Hamburg to becoming an Alabama baseball commit heavily involved Vanderbilt, an…