“Partnering with NBCUniversal, together with Golf Channel, offers us an unparalleled alternative to attach and have interaction with the core golf viewers extra immediately and routinely, and as a nonprofit, to proceed to have a big and lasting influence on the sport,” USGA chief govt Mike Davis stated in a press release.
The match, certainly one of golf’s 4 majors, had been scheduled for final week at Winged Foot in New York’s Westchester County, an early novel coronavirus scorching spot. It is going to be performed on the membership Sept. 17-20, which implies that the ultimate Sunday of the match will probably be up in opposition to Fox Sports activities’ moneymaker: NFL video games. NBC has no daytime NFL video games, and the ultimate spherical of the U.S. Open will segue into the community’s “Sunday Night time Soccer” sport between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. Fox additionally has conflicts with its baseball and school soccer programming. Based on the AP, Fox thought-about shifting this yr’s U.S. Open telecast to Fox Sports activities 1, however Davis was not open to the thought.
“Latest occasions calling for the shift of the U.S. Open created scheduling challenges that have been tough to beat,” Fox Sports activities CEO and govt producer Eric Shanks stated (through NBC). “Whereas we’re happy with the success we’ve constructed over these years, it is a win for golf followers all over the place, a win for the USGA and a win for Fox and NBC Sports activities.”
Golf is a greater match general for NBC, which televised the Open from 1995 till the USGA and Fox agreed to a 12-year, $1.2 billion deal that started in 2015. Fox acquired off to a tough begin with the match at Chambers Bay that yr, scuffling with graphics and camerawork as Joe Buck and Curt Menefee have been slammed for his or her commentary.
NBC pays slightly below half of the rights charge for the final seven years of the contract and can present Thursday and Friday rounds of the Open on Golf Channel and Peacock, NBC’s on-demand streaming service that may launch July 15. Each NBC and Golf Channel are owned by Comcast.
The Open would be the second of the majors this yr. The PGA Championship will happen Aug. 6-9, adopted by the Open and the Masters on Nov. 12-15. The British Open was canceled due to the coronavirus.
NBC’s acquisition is efficient instantly. Along with the U.S. Open, it would telecast the Aug. 3-9 U.S. Girls’s Novice, the Aug. 10-16 U.S. Novice and the Dec. 10-13 U.S. Girls’s Open.