NBC drives home Ryder Cup rights through 2030
Michelle Clancy | 14-10-2013
NBC Sports will be the home of golf's Ryder Cup through 2030 under a long-term agreement with the PGA.
The Ryder Cup has been televised by NBC since 1991. In 2012, the Ryder Cup was televised to nearly half a billion households globally. The new deal includes eight additional Ryder Cups on NBC, and a wave of new programming and special coverage of the Ryder Cup including regular Ryder Cup preview shows, vignettes, features, reports and points updates on NBC and Golf Channel; a Ryder Cup documentary series on both networks; live coverage of practice rounds (for the first time ever) and the Ryder Cup Captain Selection Show on Golf Channel; and new Ryder Cup highlight programming on Telemundo and Mun2 to expand Hispanic viewership opportunities.
The partnership also means that the Senior PGA Championship will continue to air live on Golf Channel (weekday coverage) and NBC (weekend coverage) through 2030. Additionally, Golf Channel will continue live coverage of all four rounds of the PGA Professional National Championship.
"In many ways, this is a transformational deal for The PGA of America," said PGA CEO Pete Bevacqua. "We are not only excited about the continued excellent coverage and treatment of the Ryder Cup, Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid and other PGA of America events by the NBC Sports Group, but we are eager to work with the networks of NBC, including Golf Channel, on celebrating the unique role of the PGA Professional in the game. Golf Channel is the daily voice of golf in this country. There are wonderful synergies that will be explored between that voice and The PGA of America, as we work together to honour PGA Professionals, draw upon their expertise and expand their relevance among those who already play the game and those who aspire to play."