NBC Sports to air The Open in the US from 2017June, 2015
The R&A sign 12-year deal in switch from ESPN
NBC Sports Group will broadcast the Open Championship from 2017, part of a 12-year deal as official media partner in the US.
The agreement includes coverage across all media of The Open, The Senior Open, Walker Cup and The Amateur Championship.
Speaking about the switch to NBC Sports, R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said: “We are delighted to announce that from 2017, The Open will be broadcast by NBC Sports Group.
“They have unparalleled experience in golf and have demonstrated a genuine desire to showcase and promote The Open and The R&A’s elite championships through their extensive range of channels and digital platforms.
The United States is home to millions of fans of The Open “The United States is home to millions of fans of The Open and we know that through NBC Sports Group, they will enjoy world class coverage of the Championship.”
Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Sports Group, said: “The R&A is synonymous with the traditions and history of golf, and The Open is golf’s original championship.
“NBC Sports is proud to present The Open Championship, and to work with The R&A on their initiatives to grow the game around the globe.”
The 146th Open will be played at Royal Birkdale in 2017, with golf’s oldest championship being hosted at Carnoustie for its 147th edition in 2018.
ESPN will continue to broadcast The Open until 2016 at Royal Troon.