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John Ourand covers television and media for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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Joe Buck, Greg Norman To Head Fox' Golf Broadcast Crew Beginning With '15 U.S. Open

04 / 15 / 14

Joe Buck and Greg Norman will be Fox Sports' top on-air voices when the network debuts its golf coverage next year, according to several sources. The two will be set up in the 18th green tower at the '15 U.S. Open, when the event will be held at Chambers Bay outside Seattle. The decision to tap Buck...

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