xxxx during the final round on day four of the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon on July 17, 2016 in Troon, Scotland.

NBC/Golf Channel’s 1st Open Championship Could Not Have Gone Any Better

The new home of The Open Championship got an early present with American Phil Mickelson leading after 18 and then 36 holes and then match play between Mickelson and eventual champion Henrik Stenson on Saturday and Sunday. And through it all, Golf Channel and NBC stayed on top of the drama providing pictures and replays […]

TROON, SCOTLAND - JULY 11:  Detail of a flag during previews ahead of the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon on July 11, 2016 in Troon, Scotland.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

NBC and Golf Channel will be all over The Open Championship

NBC Sports has been looking forward to the day when it got back into the Major golf business and after losing the U.S. Open in 2014 to Fox, it was hoping to find an event to bring its Big Event strategy back to golf. Last year, it was able to do that by obtaining the […]

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Mike Tirico’s First Assignments for NBC are Open Championship, Olympics and NFL

Yesterday when NBC announced its record 170 commentators for next month’s Rio Olympics, one name that was noticeably absent was Mike Tirico who officially joined the Peacock at the beginning of this month. Well, NBC has released his first three assignments for its Sports Group and one will be a familiar setting, next week’s Open […]


NBC to use a record 170 announcers for 2016 Rio Olympics

The announcement is out. With a month to go until the Opening Ceremony, NBC has released the list of the record 170 combined play-by-play and color commentators for the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Some of the usual suspects are back, Bob Costas as NBC Primetime host, Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines on […]

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The Big Dozen Sports Media Stories of 2015

2015 was not your ordinary sports media year. We did have some upheaval in sports properties, record viewership for a new event, record viewership once again for the Super Bowl and some upheaval at ESPN. Overall, it made for an interesting year in covering the sports media beat in 2015. As is our tradition at […]

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NBC/Golf Channel Gets the Open Championship a Year Early

Broken early this morning by John Ourand at Sports Business Journal, NBC Sports Group has secured the rights to the Open Championship and its associated tournaments, the Women’s British Open and the Senior Open Championship starting in 2016, a year earlier than planned. Earlier this year, NBC Sports Group signed a 12-year agreement with the […]

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NBC Takes the Open Championship From ESPN

After losing the rights to the U.S. Open two years ago to Fox, NBC had targeted the Open Championship as the major golf tournament to replace its loss. And two years later, the Peacock has come out and wrested the Open away from ESPN. It ends a relationship between ESPN/ABC that dates back to 1962. […]

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Wednesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 03/04/2015

As we hit mid-week, let’s do another edition of the notebook. NEWS CBS announced on Tuesday that it has hired former Colorado, Washington and UCLA football coach Rick Neuheisel as a studio analyst. He’ll join the cast of College Football Today before SEC games and Inside College Football on CBS Sports Network. Neuheisel had been […]

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Wednesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 02/18/2015

Time for another edition of the notebook. Let’s do this. NEWS NBC Sports has announced it will pick up radio coverage of horse racing’s Triple Crown. Over the past few years, radio coverage of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes has been piecemeal with various syndicators producing the races. Now, NBC which has […]

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Tuesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/20/2015

Let’s open the notebook after a busy weekend. Took Monday off after the Greg Anthony news and an interview I conducted with CBS’ Tracy Wolfson which I’ll provide in the links. First the news: NEWS The ratings and viewership for the NFL Conference Championship games are in. While both games drew over 40 million viewers, […]

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Wednesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/07/2015

Let’s do our notebook for this hump day. We begin with some late news that came out on Tuesday. NEWS It appears that new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh will be involved in ESPN’s coverage of next Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press has the story. Fox Sports […]

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Golf Channel Announces 22nd Cycle of Big Break

Golf Channel’s highest-rated original series, Big Break returns for a 22nd season in October. It will premiere on Tuesday, October 7 at 9 p.m. ET. The locale will be at the Barefoot Resort & Golf in Myrtle Beach, SC. Six men and six women will be part of the cast. The winner will get a […]

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Guest Column: Notah Begay III’s Legacy Continues to Evolve

We continue our guest columns. Tim Dobyns of Minneapolis, MN profiles Golf Channel on-course reporter Notah Begay III who just recently returned to the network after suffering a heart attack. Last week, Notah Begay III returned to his analyst role on the Golf Channel, serving as the on-course reporter for the NCAA Championships just a […]

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Golf Channel Produces Documentary on the Late Payne Stewart

Golfer Payne Stewart was one of the more dynamic personalities in the sport. He always dressed in plus-fours and tam-o’-shanter caps so you could always identify him on the golf course. In 1999, Stewart won the U.S. at Pinehurst and also sparked the US’ win in the Ryder Cup at The Country Club in Brookline, […]

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Golf Channel to Air Three Night Event on Arnold Palmer

There’s no doubting the impact of Arnold Palmer on golf. In his heyday, there was no one more popular or as magnanimous with his fans than Palmer. Starting on Sunday, April 13 at 10 p.m. following its Masters coverage, Golf Channel begins an epic three night miniseries event “Arnie” that will look at the life […]

The Nominees for the 35th Annual Sports Emmy Awards

The nominees are out. A few interesting developments for this year’s Emmys. In the play-by-play category, Al Michaels is noticeably absent. Marv Albert, Mike Breen, Joe Buck, Bob Costas (?) and Mike Emrick are nominees. I guess the Academy decided to put Bob in this category in addition to his customary Studio Host nomination. For […]

NBC Sports Group Obtains Full Rights to 2014 Ryder Cup in Trade with ESPN

This was originally reported back in January when NBC and ESPN were talking about trading the rights to the first day of the 2014 Ryder Cup in exchange for Michelle Beadle. That’s right. As reported by Geoff Shackelford, Beadle was the final piece of the puzzle. So NBC got the first day of this year’s […]

NBCUniversal Goes All In for the 2014 Winter Olympics

As we transition from the Super Bowl to the Winter Olympics, we note that NBCUniversal will go all out to ensure you know that’s it’s covering the games. As it did with the 2012 Summer Games in London, NBCU will utilize its various resources to promote the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Sochi is a […]

Golf Channel to Air 32 LPGA Tournaments in 2014

Received this notice from Golf Channel today regarding its coverage of the LPGA Tour in 2014. The network will air 32 tournaments and 355 hours of play throughout the calendar year leading to the inaugural “Race to the CME Globe” which is the LPGA’s version of the PGA Tour’s Playoffs. Golf Channel’s coverage of the […]

Golf Channel’s Live Tournaments: 01/22 — 01/26/2014

Golf Channel will be busy starting early this morning through Sunday as it air live golf action from Qatar, the Bahamas and continue the PGA’s West Coast Swing from Southern California. Overall, it will have three live tournaments involving the European PGA Tour, the PGA Tour and the start of the 2014 LPGA Tour. Early […]