FOX Sports has its man to run its golf coverage that begins in earnest in 2015. Mark Loomis has been hired by the network to be coordinating producer of its golf broadcasts.
“Mark is one of the most successful and respected producers in sports television today and we are thrilled to welcome him to the FOX Sports family,” said John Entz, FOX Sports executive vice president of production and executive producer, in a release. “His leadership, passion, extensive experience and innovative approach to event and studio coverage make him the perfect choice as we become the home of the preeminent golf championship in the world.”
The USGA shocked the golf world in August when it announced, during PGA Championship Week, that it had selected FOX Sports for a 12-year, $1.2 billion deal to air all of its championships on FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2.
When the deal was announced, it was quickly pointed out that FOX had zero experience in airing any golf tournament of significance and had no one on staff with a background in golf on TV. Loomis, who was reported by Big Lead Sports in Nov. 2013 as the man tapped for this role, brings that experience.
Loomis come from MLB Network, where he was senior vice president of production, jumping to cover baseball after a run at ESPN that including serving as coordinating producer for the 2010 Open Championship. Loomis cut his teeth in golf at ABC/ESPN, where he held the same position as with the Worldwide Leader.