Late this afternoon the United States Golf Association (USGA) and Fox Sports announced a 12 year agreement in which the network will be the new home of USGA events beginning in 2015. USGA events have been televised on NBC since 1995.
Under the deal Fox Network and Fox Sports 1 will be the principal domestic media partner of the USGA and the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open Championships, as well as the USGA’s national amateur championships. Fox will telecast a total of 146 hours of championship golf, including a minimum of 70 cumulative hours of live event coverage of the three Opens. Under the deal Fox Sports will also telecast the USGA’s team international competitions.
“It’s with tremendous excitement and pride that we’ve added events with the prestige and magnitude of the USGA’s U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open to the big events Fox Sports is set to cover for years to come,” said Fox Sports Co-President and COO, Randy Freer.
“We’re looking forward to Fox Sports becoming home to the preeminent golf championship in the world,” added fellow Fox Sports Co-President and COO Eric Shanks. “We’re committed to elevating coverage of USGA events on every level, infusing them with a new energy and innovation that will make every championship the best golf event on television.”
“We are thrilled with the commitment that Fox Sports has made to the USGA, our national championships, the strategic growth of our organization and to the game,” said USGA Executive Director Mike Davis. “This partnership represents a promising new future for both organizations that will be marked by broadcast innovation, new approaches and fresh thinking. We could not be more energized by what we will be able to accomplish together to make golf better, both now and for future generations of players and fans who love the game.”
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.