Club Ho, where is this all coming from?
Contractually speaking NBC, along with other networks, compete and bid for a contract for tours as well as specific sporting events. With the exception of the Masters, all are locked in for a period of time- several years. Nothing for nothing NBC, NBC universal and all the subsids (golf channel being one) are owned by Comcast and Comcast besides being one of the largest companies in America, specializes in ALL Media content. WEB, stream, TV, movies, telephone and internet you name it. They are a huge! ABC is primarily television only & movies, they do own ESPN as a result of purchasing Disney. Out of the Big 3 networks NBC, CBS and ABC is probably the weaker of the 3.
Why on earth would they (COMCAST) even consider "selling" this valuable asset at any price? The PGA weekend tournaments with or without Tiger is a gold mine for advertising revenue. Selling this piece is a poor business decision and down right crazy. Golf on TV is special, it attracts an older audience, this older audience has money & lots of it. Consequently you'll see BIG companies (investment, insurance and healthcare, telecommunication, luxury automobiles etc) advertising. Unlike the spoon fed generation, (most of which will spend little to no money, simply because they really have not earned much) that is attracted to something like the Xgames that features Mountain dew, red bull, go pro, straight talk and some footwear brands) Although popular from 18-34 male age group there seems to be a revolving door of advertisers- meaning they likely have not really seen a beneficial return on their marketing dollars spent.
NBC has also invested heavily in buying regional sports networks, like VERSUS, now call NBCsportHD-presently the Stanley cup finals are being shown at primetime, thru this network. The demonstrate a commitment to different tiered viewership of sports. The LPGA being one of these, with some exception this tour might break even and relies on advertising. The LPGA has been on edge of profitability and operating loss for decades. I read somewhere a few years ago they changed the dress rules, allowing for shorter skirts and more revealing attire to attract viewership.
ABC which also on owns ESPN which covers the OPEN championship and its this viewers opinion that it is by far the worst coverage and commentary ( Chris Berman especially) of any of the majors televised. Further more as far as actual coverage there are far more commercials than any other typical golfing broadcast. More advertising = less golf shown.
If there is any business transaction between Comcast/NBC and ABC it's my opinion it will likely be Comcast purchasing ABC. But that is pure speculation.