USGA, NBC Extend Broadcast Contract
January 24, 2005
Far Hills, N.J. - The United States Golf Association and NBC
Sports today announced an extension of their current contract
that will expand the television network's coverage through
2014. With this six-year extension, the NBC Sports and USGA
partnership, which began in 1995, will reach 20 years. The joint
announcement was made today by Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC
Universal Sports & Olympics and Fred Ridley, USGA
"We are very pleased that our relationship with NBC
Sports is continuing," Ridley said. "The USGA's
national championships represent golf's greatest events.
NBC's broadcasts give golf enthusiasts worldwide the chance
to enjoy the excitement."
"This agreement ratifies one of the great broadcast
partnerships in all of sport and extends our commitment to the
USGA and its championships," Ebersol said. "We are
gratified in their confidence in us and in the strength of our
partnership to extend this relationship to two decades."
The partnership began in 1995 with NBC's broadcasts of
three USGA championships, the U.S. Open, the U.S. Women's
Open and the U.S. Senior Open. NBC began broadcasting the U.S.
Amateur in 1996.
The previous contract extension, announced in 2001, continued
the broadcast partnership through 2008 and added a 90-minute
taped show on either the U.S. Junior Amateur or the U.S.
Girls' Junior Championship, alternating each year, and
beginning in 2003.
In 2005, NBC Sports will broadcast more than 35 hours of USGA
The USGA conducts 13 national championships annually, 10 of
which are strictly for amateurs. Visit
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services affect all golfers, whether they are amateurs or
professionals, public- or private-course players.