The USGA’s head honcho heard your complaints concerning the U.S. Open telecast.
Among the legions of tweeters griping concerning the excessive quantity of commercials through the golf main was the influential golf podcast “No Laying Up,” which tweeted a GIF about not having time [watching the tournament due to the amount of ads], adopted by a later remark that the next commercial break arrived just three minutes later.
“I’m on it!” responded USGA CEO Mike Whan. “We have the best sports production team in the world here with our partner NBC Sports (Olympics, Super Bowl, etc.) and if the amount of interruptions are problematic, we will work with our partner to do better!”
Whan continued to reward NBC Sports, however vowed to work with them to enhance.
“More TV people here than the Super Bowl (true!) so we/the USGA will work to free them up to do what they do better than anyone,” he tweeted. “This has been a great US Open and we will work to make 2023 at LACC even better!”
NBC took over the US Open from Fox Sports in 2020.
The AP reported that Fox had agreed to pay the USGA over $1 billion for the rights to air the foremost for 12 years starting in 2015, and that NBC’s taking on the ultimate seven years of the pact for “just under half of the rights fee.”