Month: June 2020

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USGA Announces New Media Rights Partnership with NBCUniversal

 

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (June 29, 2020) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that the United States media rights for its championships have been transferred to NBCUniversal (NBCU), effective immediately.

With the COVID-19 pandemic leading to the shift in dates for the U.S. Open from June to September, finding the necessary broadcast hours presented a challenge for FOX Sports, given their commitments to the National Football League, Major League Baseball and college football. What started as an exploration of how FOX Sports and NBC/Golf Channel could work together this unique year led to a broader conversation and eventual agreement for NBCU to take over the USGA media rights.

As a result, NBCUniversal will broadcast the four championships the USGA will conduct in 2020: the 120th U.S. Women’s Amateur (Aug. 3-9 at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md.); the 120th U.S. Amateur (Aug. 10-16 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore.), the 120th U.S. Open (Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.) and the 75th U.S. Women’s Open (Dec. 10-13 at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas).

“We are thrilled to acquire the remainder of FOX Sports’ USGA agreement, and will carry the designated USGA events, including the U.S. Open, through 2026,” said Pete Bevacqua, president of NBC Sports Group. “Adding these prestigious USGA events to our already incredibly deep golf business, led by our long-term PGA Tour partnership, as well as The Open Championship and the Ryder Cup, positions us as absolute leaders in the golf space. This deal is advantageous for all parties, including NBC Sports, Golf Channel, Peacock and the USGA, but also FOX Sports, and we thank them for working with us to complete this transaction. It further solidifies our platforms as the destination for golf viewers and enthusiasts, with NBC, Golf Channel, GOLFNow and GOLFPASS.”

“Partnering with NBCUniversal, including Golf Channel, gives us an unparalleled opportunity to connect and engage with the core golf audience more directly and routinely, and as a non-profit, to continue to have a significant and lasting impact on the game,” said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA.

While the details are confidential, the term of the agreement between NBCUniversal and the USGA will be the same as the previous agreement with FOX Sports, carrying through December 31, 2026, and the financial remuneration for the USGA will remain the same for the duration of the agreement. This allows the USGA, as a non-profit, to continue to fulfill its mission to champion and advance the game of golf, which includes conducting 14 annual Open and Amateur championships, serving golfers and golf courses and providing pathways into the game.

Starting in 2021, when the USGA’s full championship schedule will be played, the agreement with NBCU will allow the USGA to continue the uninterrupted coverage it provides to television fans thanks to its longstanding partnership with Rolex. In 2021, that means eight of the USGA’s televised championships will be completely uninterrupted, including the U.S. Women’s Open and the Walker Cup. For the U.S. Open, thanks again to Rolex, NBCU will continue the tradition of showing the last hour of the final round uninterrupted.

“In addition to moving our media rights to NBCUniversal, we are also excited by the opportunities that will come from extensive coverage on NBC’s Peacock platform,” said Davis. “We have implemented a defined strategy to build our digital offerings over the last six years and have achieved significant success. The reach and engagement of our championships will only increase through the NBCUniversal family, including their commitment to bring their “Live From” program to the U.S. Women’s Open beginning in 2021 and to cover Golf’s Longest Day linked to U.S. Open qualifying.”

Heralded as a landmark partnership between FOX Sports and the USGA in 2013, the network first began broadcasting USGA championships in the 2015 season. At the time, the network made its first foray into golf under the talented leadership of Mark Loomis, executive producer of USGA on FOX. Loomis developed a top-notch team of on-air talent and production professionals. This group not only brought to life the annual U.S. Open broadcast, but also the seven other USGA championships it aired each season.

“FOX Sports has cherished its time as home to the USGA championships for the past six years. This is a relationship and partnership that has been second to none,” said Eric Shanks, CEO and executive producer of FOX Sports. “Recent events calling for the shift of the U.S. Open created scheduling challenges that were difficult to overcome. While we are proud of the success we’ve built over these years, this is a win for golf fans everywhere, a win for the USGA and a win for FOX and NBC Sports.”

“We have genuinely appreciated the partnership that we have had with FOX Sports over the last six years and are grateful for their steadfast efforts to produce world-class events,” said Davis. “FOX brought significant innovation to golf broadcasting by elevating technology and enhancing the fan experience.”

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 8: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Randall Cobb #18 of the Green Bay Packers looks on before a NFL game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank Of America Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Getty Images)

FOX FOOTBALL NOW Talks with Texans WR Randall Cobb

FOX FOOTBALL NOW Q&A edition welcomes new Houston Texans wide receiver Randall Cobb tonight at 5:30 PM ET on FS1. Cobb discusses his move to Houston and the upcoming season with lead FOX NFL reporter Erin Andrews, FOX NFL KICKOFF host Charissa Thompson and FOX NFL insider Peter Schrager. In addition, the crew talks about the NFL cancelling the Hall of Fame Game and enshrinement ceremonies, the league allowing teams to set stadium capacity limits, the latest on the Jets Jamal Adams trade requests and more. The show is produced remotely.

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Bayern Munich to Hoist the Meisterchale this Saturday on FOX Deportes

After clinching its eighth consecutive title last week, Bayern Munich will hoist the Meisterschale for the 29th time at the conclusion of its match against Wolfsburg Saturday at 9:00 AM ET on FOX Deportes.  The match is the first of three on FOX Deportes as the 2019-2020 Bundesliga season comes to a close.  Rodolfo Landeros, John Laguna, Mariano Trujillo and Raoul “Pollo” Ortiz call all the action.

Tras conquistar su octavo título consecutivo de la Bundesliga la semana pasada, Bayern Munich levantará el trofeo Meisterchale número veintinueve de su historia al finalizar su partido contra Wolfsburg el sábado a las 9:00 AM, hora del Este en FOX Deportes. El partido es el primero de tres en FOX Deportes de la última jornada de la Bundesliga.  Rodolfo Landeros, John Laguna, Mariano Trujillo y Raoul “Pollo” Ortiz narran toda la acción.

Bayern Munich's French defender Benjamin Pavard (R) celebrates with his teammate Bayern Munich's German midfielder Leon Goretzka after the German first division Bundesliga football match SV Werder Bremen v FC Bayern Munich on June 16, 2020 in Bremen, northern Germany. - Bayern Munich were crowned German Bundesliga champions for the eight year in a row on June 16, 2020 after their away win against Bremen. (Photo by Martin MEISSNER / POOL / AFP) / DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND/OR QUASI-VIDEO (Photo by MARTIN MEISSNER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Bayern Munich to Hoist Meisterschale This Saturday

On Saturday, June 27 the FOX Sports family of networks will carry the final three games of the 2019-2020 Bundesliga season at 9:20am ET. After clinching its eighth consecutive title last week, Bayern Munich will hoist the Meisterschale for the 29th time at the conclusion of its match against Wolfsburg on FS1. Over on FS2, U.S. International Gio Reyna and Borussia Dortmund square off against seventh-place Hoffenheim, while FOX Soccer Plus presents Borussia M’gladbach vs. Hertha Berlin. The full schedule can be found below.

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Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts Joins SAFE AT HOME

MLB WHIPAROUND: SAFE AT HOME continues Friday, June 26 at 5:00 PM ET on FS1 and is produced remotely. Host Kevin Burkhardt is joined by analysts Frank Thomas and Eric Karros, along with veteran reporter Ken Rosenthal, to bring viewers the latest information from around the league. Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts also joins the group to discuss how he’s been preparing for the upcoming season.

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Saxophonist Mike Phillips Performs National Anthem

Legendary saxophonist Mike Phillips, the only musician ever signed to the Jordan brand, performs the national anthem prior to the start of Sunday’s NASCAR CUP SERIES race on FS1, FOX Deportes and the FOX Sports app (4:00 PM ET). His rendition of the national anthem for the 2017 NFC Championship Game garnered the nickname “Saxthem.” Phillips, one of the most-sought-after national anthem performers of his time, is the only musician ever to have worked with Michael Jackson, Prince and Stevie Wonder. Phillips’ debut album, “Pulling off the Covers” on the SRG/ILS Group label, features Wonder, Brian McKnight and PJ Morton. For additional information on Phillips, text “MikePhillips” to 474747 or visit https://smarturl.it/mike-phillips-potc.

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Australia and New Zealand Selected to Host 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup™

FOX Sports, the official English-language broadcaster of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, congratulates the host of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup™, Australia and New Zealand.

To help celebrate the occasion, former Matildas captain, current Deputy Chief Executive of Professional Footballers Australia and FOX Sports analyst for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ Kate Gill shares her thoughts on the impact that Australia and New Zealand will have by hosting the event.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 21: Travis Boak of the Power kicks during the round 4 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and Port Adelaide Power at Metricon Stadium on June 21, 2020 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Port Adelaide Looks to Stay Perfect vs. Eagles Friday

The 2020 Australian Football League Premiership Season heads into Round 4 this weekend with four live matches across the FOX Sports family of networks, including top-ranked Port Adelaide looking to stay undefeated on Friday at 11:00 PM ET on FS2.