Far Hills, NJ (Sports Network) - The United States Golf Association and Fox
Sports announced a 12-year partnership that will bring the U.S. Open to the
The deal, which starts in 2015 and runs through 2026, will bring other USGA
championships to the Fox family of networks. That includes Fox Sports 1, which
will launch Aug. 17.
"This is an exciting and remarkable day for the USGA, as our partnership with
FOX Sports is a game-changer for our organization and for the game of golf,"
said USGA President Glen D. Nager. "The game is evolving and requires bold and
unique approaches on many levels, and FOX shares our vision to seek fresh
thinking and innovative ideas to deliver championship golf. This partnership
will help us to better lead and serve the game in new and exciting ways."
The USGA and FOX Sports will deliver a total of 146 hours of championship
golf. That includes at least 70 hours of live event coverage of the three
Opens -- the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior Open. Also, Fox
Sports will broadcast the USGA's national amateur championships and
international team competitions.
NBC Sports has been televising the U.S. Open since 1995. It's final one will
be in 2014 at Pinehurst, North Carolina. The U.S. Women's Open is on the same
course, the following week.
The first FOX broadcast of the U.S. Open will be at Chambers Bay, which is
about an hour outside of Seattle.
"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."
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