PGA Championship Renews With CBS But Opts For ESPN Over TNT


As part of a new 11-year agreement, the PGA Championship will remain with CBS Sports, but will partner with ESPN for its early-round coverage, starting in 2020.

The current sub-broadcaster, TNT, will remain through next year’s major championship at Bethpage Black.

The two networks will deliver over “175 hours of coverage across broadcast, cable and digital platforms.”

Financial terms of the deal announced Wednesday were not disclosed, however, the PGA Championship is said to be much more attractive being played in May as opposed to August.

“This agreement is going to be great for golf fans and is significant for ESPN and ESPN+,” ESPN executive vice president Burke Magnus said.

“The PGA will bolster ESPN’s diverse collection of big events and deliver another world-class competition to the ESPN+ platform and its growing audience. We look forward to working with the PGA of America to help increase the sport’s popularity.”

With the deal, the CBS/ESPN partnership will own the broadcast rights of the first two majors of the season: the Masters in April and the PGA in May.


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