USGA, Fox announce 12-year broadcast deal


On the eve of the PGA Championship, the USGA and Fox Sports on Wednesday took some of the spotlight away from the PGA of America by announcing a 12-year agreement that makes Fox and Fox Sports 1 the principal domestic media partner of the USGA and its national championships.

The deal, which begins in 2015 and runs through 2026, means that Fox and Fox Sports 1, which is scheduled to launch Aug. 17, will broadcast the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as the USGA’s other national amateur championships and other live content.

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It will be the first involvement of Fox with major-championship golf.

The agreement was announced by USGA President Glen D. Nager and USGA Executive Director Mike Davis and FOX Sports Co-Presidents and COOs Randy Freer and Eric Shanks.

Under terms of the agreement, the USGA and Fox Sports will deliver a total of 146 hours of championship golf, including a minimum of 70 cumulative hours of live event coverage of the three Opens.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.