U.S. Open Returning To NBC

Dan Hauser
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Back in 2014, Fox changed the entire landscape of televised golf when they and the USGA came to terms on a 12-year, $1 billion deal for Fox to begin broadcasting the Men's and Women's U.S. Opens as well as other USGA events. Well, just five years into that 12-year deal, Fox has pulled the plug and ended its partnership with the USGA.

On Monday it was announced that Fox has ended their deal with the USGA and that NBC Sports and the Golf Channel would be picking up the remaining 7 years on the deal. That means that after a five-year break, NBC will once again be airing the U.S. Open.

According to reports, Fox was going to have an issue airing this year's U.S. Open had they not pulled out of their deal. Due to the U.S. Open being rescheduled to September as a result of the COVID outbreak, Fox was essentially going to have to decide between airing the U.S. Open on Fox and the NFL with one of them getting relegated to FS1, Fox Sports' cable tv network.  

With NBC re-acquiring the rights to the U.S. Open, they once again become one of the top rights holders in all of golf. In addition to PGA Tour coverage, NBC now has the rights to the U.S. Open, Open Championship, The Players Championship, three World Golf Championships, the Ryder Cup, and the Presidents Cup. Additionally, when the new PGA Tour television deal goes into effect, NBC will get the FedEx Cup playoffs every other year. 

The 2020 U.S. Open will be held September 17-20 at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York.

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