U.S. Open to air on NBC with Fox out, report says

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The U.S. Open is returning to NBC starting this year at Winged Foot after Fox Sports has asked to end its 12-year contract with the USGA, multiple people told The Associated Press on Sunday night.

Three people with direct knowledge of the change say it came together in the past two weeks. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

An announcement was expected Monday.

The U.S. Open, originally scheduled to be played last week, was postponed to Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot in New York when the coronavirus pandemic suspended competitive golf for three months.

NBC televised the U.S. Open from 1995 until the USGA signed a 12-year deal with Fox Sports that began in 2015.

One person said Comcast-owned NBC would pick up the final seven years of the contract through 2026.

The change means NBC will have the U.S. Open and the British Open, along with three World Golf Championships, the Ryder Cup, the Presidents Cup and the FedEx Cup playoffs every other year.

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