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Would love to see Johnny broadcast the US Open each year. Doubt it happens though.

The article says NBC is reportedly paying just under half what Fox was paying.   FOX and the USGA have not had a smooth relationship. FOX wanting to move the US Open to FS1 this year was probably the

Fox didn't learn their lesson with hockey and used too much in-game clutter on the screen. If I wanted to watch a video game I would.

Unfortunate, sure Fox had it's issues but they had improved the broadcast every year and showed a lot of golf. NBC commentary team is the most vanilla out there unless Miller returns for the major broadcasts but I don't see that happening given their promotion of Azinger.

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who can we write in to replace azinger? ... i'm sure he's a very nice person, but his tv analysis and comments grate on a lot of people's nerves ... and i usually don't care what the announcers are saying, but he has a way of over-dramatizing some minute aspect of a shot or situation ...

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Fox was terrible at the beginning, but I thought they got a lot better and were just as good, if not better, than CBS and NBC.

NBC gets the contract for half price. Sounds like a steal.

Geoff Shackelford summarizing Doug Ferguson’s article: “One person said NBC would pay for just under half of the rights fee through the rest of the contract. Two other people said the deal began to take shape this month, especially with the U.S. Open being moved to September during the opening month of the NFL. One person said Fox was contemplating moving the U.S. Open to FS1, an idea that was rebuffed by Mike Davis, the CEO of the USGA. That led to deeper conversations about the contract and how it could be resolved.”

As Tron Carter tweeted, time for CBS to hire Faxon in the 18th tower and drop Faldo.

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The article says NBC is reportedly paying just under half what Fox was paying.

 

FOX and the USGA have not had a smooth relationship. FOX wanting to move the US Open to FS1 this year was probably the last straw. The network has no other golf outside the USGA events, so it looks like Fox decided to cut its losses and ask out of the contract. I just hope Shane Bacon can find a home at another network.

For those wondering, Notre Dame is currently scheduled to host Western Michigan that weekend creating a Saturday conflict for NBC. I imagine they will just play the third round early off two sets of tees.

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My impression of the Fox deal with the USGA was that it was a surprise; an uncharacteristic effort by a small group surrounding then-USGA President Glenn Nager, a politically-minded Federalist Society Member (and presumably a Fox News Channel fan) and partner at Jones Day.

I appreciated a few of the fresh ideas that Fox brought to the telecasts. Technical stuff mostly. And I liked the Fox commitment to do all the championships. But the telecasts always bothered me. Never seemed quite right.

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Notre Dame & Western Michigan? Sounds like a pretty crummy game. They should push that to NBC Sports channel. Wouldn't be the first time a Notre Dame game ended up there. Meanwhile, NBC now has 4 of the 6 biggest golf events in their back pocket. The two oldest majors, the Ryder Cup, and Players Championship. Pretty nice little collection for them.

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HAHA, the key letters in that statement... NFL.

No way FOX was going to broadcast the U.S. Open over the NFL. I was curious how they would pull that off and if the USGA was going to be OK with being stuck in FS1.

The Masters on CBS however, different story. The NFL made sure that week that CBS had 0 games in the 1:00 window.

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US open is back home where it should be. I always felt it was weird having the telecast on Fox. Earlier mistakes aside, it never felt like Fox really wanted to broadcast the event, they just needed the content for FS1 (which was the last straw). Call me traditional but Masters and PGA on CBS and US open on NBC just feels right.

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NBC better network for golf. NFL is king on Fox , can’t blame them for wanting to put it on FS1. Probably was a way to get rid of golf on Fox by saying that to the USGA.

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