Golfweek magazine was purchased from Turnstile Publishing by Gannett, owners of USA Today and more than 100 other newspapers and television stations around the United States.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed, though several sources in the golf industry consider the sale a sudden development.
The purchase includes Golfweek’s events-publications business and Golfweek Custom Media, its “branded content” unit.
Golfweek, whose headquarters will remain in Orlando, will become part of the USA Today Sports Media Group, as well the USA Today Network, which includes the five-days-per-week newspaper and the other local newspaper and television properties.
Dave Morgan, president of the USA Today Sports Media Group, has become Golfweek’s publisher.
In a release announcing the purchase, Gannett said it aims to become a more prominent player in golf, adding to the company’s golf coverage from its For The Win platform and from the USA Today staffers, like Steve DiMeglio and Christine Brennan.
It’s unclear how the purchase will affect Golfweek employees, though Geoff Shackelford reported at least two members of the editorial staff were bought out, while several production and sales employees were laid off.