USGA AND FOX SPORTS TEE-UP LANDMARK PARTNERSHIP
12-Year Multi-Media Agreement Brings Major Championship Golf to FOX Sports
Platforms for First Time Ever, Beginning in 2015
Expands Coverage for U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open & U.S. Senior Open Championships
Elevates USGA's Amateur Championships with Significant Coverage
Far Hills, N.J., and New York (August 7, 2013) - The United States Golf Association (USGA), the governing body of the game of golf in the United States, and FOX Sports, the No.1 network for sports television since 1997, today announced a comprehensive multi-media agreement that makes the FOX network and FOX Sports 1 the principal domestic media partner of the USGA and the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior Open Championships, as well as the USGA's national amateur championships and other live content, beginning in 2015. The landmark, 12-year agreement, which runs through 2026, brings premier major championship golf for the first time ever to the FOX broadcast network, home to the country's greatest sports events, including the Super Bowl, World Series, Daytona 500 and World Cup.
The agreement was announced today by USGA President Glen D. Nager and USGA Executive Director Mike Davis and FSMG Co-Presidents and COOs Randy Freer and Eric Shanks.
"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."
Under terms of the newly executed agreement, the USGA and FOX Sports will deliver a total of 146 hours of championship golf, including a minimum of 70 cumulative hours of live event coverage of the three Opens, making the game compelling, dramatic and fun for an expanded audience. In addition to the rights to the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior Open Championships, FOX Sports will also be home to the USGA's national amateur championships and international team competitions, delivering a minimum of 76 hours of live broadcast coverage across its sports platforms, including FOX Sports 1, America's new sports network, launching August 17.
"It's with tremendous excitement and pride that we've added events with the prestige and magnitude of the USGA's U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior Open to the big events FOX Sports is set to cover for years to come," said FOX Sports Co-President and COO, Randy Freer.
"We're looking forward to FOX Sports becoming home to the preeminent golf championship in the world," added fellow FOX Sports Co-President and COO Eric Shanks. "We're committed to elevating coverage of USGA events on every level, infusing them with a new energy and innovation that will make every championship the best golf event on television."
This new partnership with FOX Sports also includes strategic elements to help the USGA strengthen its support of the game, including:
· Integrating FOX Sport's wide array of multi-platform assets, including its soon to launch mobile app FOX Sports GO, and innovative production capabilities to establish the U.S. Open Championship as the world's best golf telecast;
· Elevating the visibility of the USGA's amateur championships and delivering unique storytelling to celebrate the amateur game;
· Transforming U.S. Open Week into a powerful showcase and entertaining celebration of the game of golf;
· Developing unique initiatives to enhance the USGA Member experience and help grow the Association's membership community; and
· Providing significant promotional support to showcase and advance the USGA's core services to the game, including the Rules of Golf and Amateur Status, Equipment Standards, Handicapping, the USGA Green Section and the USGA Museum.
"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."
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
About the USGA
The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA's working jurisdiction comprises the United States, its territories and Mexico.
The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game's history and funds an ongoing "For the Good of the Game" charitable giving program. Additionally, the USGA's Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.
For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.
About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX's wide array of multi-platform U.S.-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FOX Sports 1; FOX's 22 regional sports networks, their affiliated regional web sites and FSN national programming; FOX Soccer, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go; FUEL TV; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports. In addition, FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com on MSN, FOX Sports GO, Whatifsports.com, Scout.com and Yardbarker.com. Also included in the Group are FOX's interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network, BTN 2Go and STATS, LLC, as well as licensing agreements that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network and FOX
Sports Skybox restaurants.