Far Hills, NJ (Sports Network) - The United States Golf Association and Fox Sports announced a 12-year partnership that will bring the U.S. Open to the broadcast network.
The deal, which starts in 2015 and runs through 2026, will bring other USGA championships to the Fox family of networks. That includes Fox Sports 1, which will launch Aug. 17.
"This is an exciting and remarkable day for the USGA, as our partnership with FOX Sports is a game-changer for our organization and for the game of golf," said USGA President Glen D. Nager. "The game is evolving and requires bold and unique approaches on many levels, and FOX shares our vision to seek fresh thinking and innovative ideas to deliver championship golf. This partnership will help us to better lead and serve the game in new and exciting ways."
The USGA and FOX Sports will deliver a total of 146 hours of championship golf. That includes at least 70 hours of live event coverage of the three Opens -- the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior Open. Also, Fox Sports will broadcast the USGA's national amateur championships and international team competitions.
NBC Sports has been televising the U.S. Open since 1995. It's final one will be in 2014 at Pinehurst, North Carolina. The U.S. Women's Open is on the same course, the following week.
The first FOX broadcast of the U.S. Open will be at Chambers Bay, which is about an hour outside of Seattle.
"We are thrilled with the commitment that FOX Sports has made to the USGA, our national championships, the strategic growth of our organization and to the game," said USGA Executive Director Mike Davis. "This partnership represents a promising new future for both organizations that will be marked by broadcast innovation, new approaches and fresh thinking. We could not be more energized by what we will be able to accomplish together to make golf better, both now and for future generations of players and fans who love the game."
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