The USGA announced Monday that it is moving the U.S. Open and its media properties to NBC starting this August. The announcement ends a six-year relationship with FOX.
According to a USGA statement, the 2020 U.S. Open’s shift in dates from June to September proved problematic for FOX, which has commitments to the NFL, MLB and college football. In an AP report, FOX had approached moving the U.S. Open to its cable sports network FS1, an offer that was turned down by the USGA.
This quagmire served as catalyst for the USGA, FOX and NBC Universal to work together to bring this year’s event to fruition, which according to a USGA statement “led to a broader conversation and eventual agreement for NBCU to take over the USGA media rights. ”
As a result, NBC Universal now has USGA championships rights until 2026. In its statement, the USGA says its “financial remuneration for the USGA will remain the same for the duration of the agreement.” FOX and the USGA originally signed a 12-year, $1 billion deal in 2013, the deal going into effect in 2015.
“We have genuinely appreciated the partnership that we have had with FOX Sports over the last six years and are grateful for their steadfast efforts to produce world-class events,” said USGA CEO Mike Davis. “FOX brought significant innovation to golf broadcasting by elevating technology and enhancing the fan experience.”
NBCUniversal will now broadcast the four championships the USGA will conduct in 2020: The 120th U.S. Women’s Amateur (Aug. 3-9 at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md.); the 120th U.S. Amateur (Aug. 10-16 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore.), the 120th U.S. Open (Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.) and the 75th U.S. Women’s Open (Dec. 10-13 at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas).
“We have implemented a defined strategy to build our digital offerings over the last six years and have achieved significant success,” Davis said. “The reach and engagement of our championships will only increase through the NBCUniversal family.”