Johnny Miller is one of the most polarizing figures in sports broadcasting. To many, he is revered for being a straight shooter who is unafraid to express his opinions, even when they are not popular. To many others, his perceived arrogance and stubbornness is some combination of irritating an exhausting.
Regardless of where any specific individual falls on the Miller fan spectrum, NBC, the company that employs his services, believes that he equals better ratings.
The media giant announced on Monday that they have reached a contract extension with the longtime analyst, one that will keep him as the front man for their golf coverage through the end of next year.
- One More Year: NBC and golf broadcaster Johnny Miller have agreed to an extension that will keep Miller on their network through the end of 2018. Miller commented that he thought 2017 might be his last year in the booth, but seems to be content to bring his opinions to NBC’s golf coverage for at least another year.
- Longtime Team: Miller has been employed by the network since 1990. He and Dan Hicks have formed a talented broadcasting team for the past 18 years, the longest such active relationship in major sports broadcasting.
- Iconic Playing Career: As a player on the PGA Tour, Miller was a 25-time winner, including two major championships. His final round 63 at Oakmont in the 1973 U.S. Open is considered by many to be the single greatest round in major history.
- Criticism: Miller has received criticism in the past for being reluctant to bestow praise on players of the current generation, at least in comparisons to players from his era.
“I’m having a little bit of a battle of what my priorities are. I have a lot of things to pass on to my grandkids, whether it’s fishing or being a grandpa. On the other hand, my brain is still working pretty good. All these years of announcing, I feel like I haven’t slipped any. And NBC seems to like having me.”