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Fox Sports 2015 U.S. Open Thread (Joe Buck, Greg Norman)

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Pretty big news considering ESPN and NBC has been such an integral part of the Open for so long. I would not be surprised to see next year be Johnny Miller's final year of doing golf (unless they can land another major or he switches networks). Hard to picture Fox doing golf. Is Joe Buck going to be the Booth Announcer?

http://msn.foxsports.com/golf/story/usga-fox-sports-deal-us-open-2015-agreement-12-years-080713

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NBC dropped the NBA, Wimbledon, and now will lose the US Open. So much for the NBC-Golf Channel synergies. I guess it's putting all its money into the Olympics? It all depends on who it chooses for the announcers. I've had enough of Miller, J Roberts, B Costas, the bald guy with the inside scoop, etc. Fox covers MLS which I think isn't bad. I doubt they are going to mix in the news division. I hope not.
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NBC dropped the NBA, Wimbledon, and now will lose the US Open. So much for the NBC-Golf Channel synergies. I guess it's putting all its money into the Olympics?

Who knows. The PGA Tour is locked down through the end of the decade. The British is locked down for a while, I doubt CBS would give up The Masters without a fight, and CBS has the PGA Championship through 2019. Not sure what other sports NBC could get into. Baseball? Doubt it. Maybe the playoffs if TBS/TNT doesn't re-sign? I suppose they could expand their football coverage, take over for Fox or CBS, but that seems similarly farfetched. They do have the NHL, but that's mostly relegated to NBCSN. Not sure basketball would fit at NBC anymore. But hey, Community was renewed!

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Is Harmon coming back? I thought I read that somewhere. I also just learned that NBC bought rights to NASCAR and the Premier League. Not cheap.
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I don't care for anything Fox, other than they did a good job with the NFL when they took it over. I think the USGA bought the money. It's tough to blame them.

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TGC just pointed out something that I agree with tho ... Usga certainly didn't need to make this announcement today ... A bit rude, I'd agree. They could have saved it for Monday or Tuesday.
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Originally Posted by Golfingdad

TGC just pointed out something that I agree with tho ... Usga certainly didn't need to make this announcement today ... A bit rude, I'd agree. They could have saved it for Monday or Tuesday.

Not the first time they've done it.

"The timing was peculiar. It was the second time in five years that the USGA made a major announcement during the PGA Championship — it announced a change in the size and shape of grooves in golf clubs at the 2008 PGA Championship."

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I can see it how: Troy Aikman and Joe Buck doing the commentary for the U.S. Open.  Oh, joy...

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I may be in the minority here, but I prefer Joe Buck to Jim Nantz (though it's kinda like saying I prefer the pain of stubbing my toe to a toothache).  Fox didn't mess up when they grabbed the NFL, so I'm sure that this will work....just don't go grab that Chamblee character....can't stomach him.

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Originally Posted by ElWagonne

I may be in the minority here, but I prefer Joe Buck to Jim Nantz (though it's kinda like saying I prefer the pain of stubbing my toe to a toothache).  Fox didn't mess up when they grabbed the NFL, so I'm sure that this will work....just don't go grab that Chamblee character....can't stomach him.

Sure they messed up the NFL, they have Joe Buck doing games. As bad an Nantz is....Buck makes me want to break my television.

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Nantz isn't the problem with CBS. Phil Simms is. I would much rather listen to Aikman. But Joe Buck all around is terrible to listen to. However, I would be very interested in listening to Gus Johnson do some golf commentary. He makes everything so much more exciting.
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NBC does a great job with the US Open. I enjoy Miller, and I think Rolfing and Maltbie are two of the best on-course reporters in golf, along with Feherty. I enjoy Gary Koch as well. I guess NBC will still have the Players, Florida swing and FedEx Cup.

As for who would be in the booth, I would not be surprised if Thom Brennaman is the host. He's been rising up the network and is their #1 college football guy. I would also not be surprised if they try and go after Miller to do what Faldo does and do a two-network stint....but let's not forget Miller is getting up there in age and may be ready to hang it up soon. This may be a way for him to go into the sunset. Other options for analyst would probably include David Duval, Tom Watson and Colin Montgomerie, who have some TV experience.

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Another forgotten benefit to this.......no more Chris Berman being trotted out like a thoroughbred at a NASCAR race.

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I liked Berman. He was so bad at doing golf it was actually funny and had me laughing. Crazy as it sounds, I actually enjoyed that. I would keep texting my friend all throughout the round about his terrible one-liners. Gonna miss that :(

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Originally Posted by ElWagonne

I may be in the minority here, but I prefer Joe Buck to Jim Nantz (though it's kinda like saying I prefer the pain of stubbing my toe to a toothache).  Fox didn't mess up when they grabbed the NFL, so I'm sure that this will work....just don't go grab that Chamblee character....can't stomach him.

Aikman and Buck are fine.

Nantz? meh.

Golf? Who knows? I mean who knows golf at Fox?

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Originally Posted by ChrisP

NBC does a great job with the US Open. I enjoy Miller, and I think Rolfing and Maltbie are two of the best on-course reporters in golf, along with Feherty. I enjoy Gary Koch as well. I guess NBC will still have the Players, Florida swing and FedEx Cup.

As for who would be in the booth, I would not be surprised if Thom Brennaman is the host. He's been rising up the network and is their #1 college football guy. I would also not be surprised if they try and go after Miller to do what Faldo does and do a two-network stint....but let's not forget Miller is getting up there in age and may be ready to hang it up soon. This may be a way for him to go into the sunset. Other options for analyst would probably include David Duval, Tom Watson and Colin Montgomerie, who have some TV experience.


Some familiar faces with new would be perfect.  Steal Maltbie and/or Feherty away, plug in Duval with Brennaman or someone like Ernie Johnson.

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