The U.S. Open is returning to NBC starting this year at Winged Foot after Fox Sports asked to conclude its 12-year contract with the USGA, several people told the Associated Press Sunday evening.
Three people with direct 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 is expected on Monday.
The U.S. Open, originally scheduled to be played last week, was deferred to New York̵
NBC ran the United States Open from 1995 to 2014. This ended when the USGA signed a 12-year deal with Fox Sports worth about $ 1 billion, which started in 2015.
Fox aired its first U.S. Open from Chambers Bay south of Seattle, with Greg Norman as principal analyst. He has been replaced by former PGA champion and Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger.
One person said that NBC would pay just under half of the fee for the rest of the contract.
Two other people said the deal began to take shape this month, particularly with the United States Open relocated in September during the NFL’s opening month.
One person said that Fox was considering moving the United States 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 a difficult position since the start of the contract because the USGA championships – mainly the Open and the amateurs – have been the only golf courses it has produced.
Sources say that NBC would have had the last seven years of the contract until 2026. They did not say who would broadcast the first rounds of the U.S. Open. Under the previous contract with NBC, ESPN had shifts on Thursday and Friday.
ESPN now has the weekly rounds of the PGA championship starting this year, with CBS doing the weekend.
The agreement owned by Comcast NBC, together with Golf Channel, the United States Open and British Open, The Players Championship, three World Golf Championships, the Ryder Cup, the Presidents Cup. It will also have the FedEx Cup playoffs every two years when the new media rights agreement with the PGA Tour will begin.
NBC and Golf Channel will also have all the majors on the LPGA Tour and the PGA Tour Champions.