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Report: ESPN, NBC rights swap includes Ryder Cup

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Though NBC has broadcast the Ryder Cup since 1991, coverage of the first day of the biennial competition has been on ESPN since 2006. As part of a reported media rights swap, that may change for 2014.

According to a report from Geoff Shackelford, ESPN will return the rights to Day 1 Ryder Cup coverage next year to NBC in exchange for increased use of Premier League soccer highlights in its various recap shows.

This is not the first time that the two media networks have engaged in such a trade, as the deal brokered in 2006 that brought Day 1 coverage to ESPN also saw broadcaster Al Michaels move from ABC to NBC and Disney, which owns both ABC and ESPN, acquire the rights to Walt Disney's first cartoon character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

Earlier this year, NBC entered into a long-term extension with the PGA of America that will keep the weekend coverage of the Ryder Cup on the network through 2030.