NBC Reaches Long-Term Deal To Telecast Ryder Cup Through '30
NBC today announced it has reached a long-term deal with the PGA of America that will see the Ryder Cup stay on the net through '30. The biennial tournament has been broadcast by NBC since the infamous '91 “War by the Shore” at Kiawah Island. The deal, which officially begins in '15, will see coverage and programming span across several different NBC Sports Group properties, including Golf Channel and NBCSN. The agreement also extends NBC's rights to the Senior PGA Championship through '30.
The deal to keep the Ryder Cup at NBC comes just two months after the net lost the U.S. Open to Fox beginning in '15. However, NBC Sports Group Chair Mark Lazarus said the impending loss of that tent-post event did not factor into the extension with the PGA of America. In what could have been a thinly veiled shot at Fox and the USGA, PGA of America President Ted Bishop indicated the timing of the announcement was not an accident. "We certainly respected the Presidents Cup last week," he said.