FAQ: NBC Sports-PGA of America Ryder Cup deal
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FAQ: NBC Sports-PGA of America Ryder Cup deal

When big things happen, sometimes there are a lot of moving parts that compel a lot of questions. At those times, we here at Golf News Net answer those questions in our FAQ.

How long is the new NBC Sports-PGA of America broadcasting deal?

The deal is through 2030, covering both the Ryder Cup and the Senior PGA Championship.

Is the PGA Championship part of this deal?

No. The PGA Championship is connected to deals with Turner Sports (TNT) and CBS through 2019.

Will ESPN continue to air the first day of the Ryder Cup?

ESPN has a sub-licensed contract (through NBC) to air the first day of the Ryder Cup through the 2014 matches. Golf Channel president Mike McCarley suggested a decision on the future of that contract is still up in the air, but expect Golf Channel and/or NBC Sports Network to begin airing Day 1 of the Ryder Cup in 2016 and beyond.

Another absurdly long broadcast-rights contract. Why?

A few reasons: big money for the PGA of America, long-term security for NBC Sports Group, a shot back at the USGA for their deal with Fox Sports and, likely, the feeling that being the rights holder will be important as viewers' watching habits continue to evolve and move toward digital platforms.

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