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USGA EXTENDS AGREEMENTS WITH NBC AND ESPN
Published September 6, 1995
The USGA has announced agreements with broadcast partners ESPN and NBC that will "expand the responsibilities of both networks in presenting USGA Championships." NBC will extend its hours of U.S. Open coverage and is adding the U.S. Amateur to its list of USGA broadcasts. Under a new agreement that extends through '99, ESPN will continue to cover the U.S. Open, Women's Open and Senior Open, and extend coverage of the U.S. Amateur. At the Open, ESPN will carry a minimum of 11 live hours, as well as preview shows through the week and wrap-up shows on Thursday through Sunday. The new deals also call for full 18-hole coverage of a U.S. Open playoff, with ESPN carrying the first two hours and NBC the remainder. According to the USGA, NBC's two hours of Thursday and Friday coverage of the Open mark the first time an over-the-air major network will carry coverage of a golf major during weekday hours. NBC Sports President Dick Ebersol cited Tiger Woods for renewing interest in the U.S. Amateur (USGA/ESPN).