The US Open is back on NBC this year at Winged Foot after Fox Sports asked to end its 12-year contract with the USGA, several people told The Associated Press on Sunday evening.
Three people with first-hand knowledge of the change say it has met in the past two weeks. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not announced.
An announcement was expected on Monday.
The US Open, which was originally scheduled to be played last week, was postponed from September 17 to 20 at Winged Foot in New York when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down golf for three months.
NBC televised the US Open from 1995 to 2014. It ended when the USGA signed a 12-year deal with Fox Sports worth approximately $ 1 billion which began in 2015.
Fox broadcast its first US Open from Chambers Bay south of Seattle, with Greg Norman as the senior analyst. He was replaced by former PGA champion and Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger.
One person said that NBC would pay just under half of the royalty for the rest of the contract.
Two others said the deal began to take shape this month, particularly with the relocation of the US Open in September during the NFL opening month.
One person said that Fox was considering moving the US Open to FS1, an idea that was rejected by Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA. This led to more in-depth conversations about the contract and how to resolve it.
Fox Sports has always been in dire straits from the start of the contract, as the USGA championships – primarily the Open and amateur – were the only golf course it produced.
Sources said NBC would have the last seven years of the contract until 2026. They did not specify who would televise the first rounds of the US Open. Under the previous contract with NBC, ESPN had the rounds of Thursday and Friday.
ESPN now has PGA Championship weekdays starting this year, with CBS on weekends.
The agreement is owned by Comcast NBC, with Golf Channel, the US Open and the British Open, the Players Championship, three world golf championships, the Ryder Cup, the Presidents Cup. There will also be the FedEx Cup playoffs every two years when the new media rights agreement with the PGA Tour begins.
NBC and Golf Channel will also have all the majors of the LPGA Tour and the PGA Tour Champions.