By Peter Gleason
Fox Sports is getting out of the golf business.
The New York Post is reporting that the network and the US Golf Association are ending their 12-year agreement worth around $1.2 billion that included the U.S. Open which had seven years to run.
Fox’s rights are expected to shift to NBC, which will produce this fall’s U.S. Open.
The original deal was for nearly $100 million per year.
NBC will broadcast the US Open from Winged Foot on Sept. 17-20. That will avoid an issue for Fox, which has Sunday NFL on that day.
NBC had broadcast the US Open from 1995 to 2004.
While Fox improved its coverage after a slow start, it and the USGA reportedly had issues over the years of the contract. Besides the men’s US Open, Fox had broadcast the US Women’s Open and the Senior Tour.
The Golf Channel, which just had major layoffs in its Orlando-based staff, could possibly pick up more events. Like NBC, it is owned by Comcast.
FS1 was also part of Fox Sports’ golf coverage.