PGA of America agrees to 11-year deal with CBS, ESPN to air PGA Championship
The PGA of America and CBS Sports have struck a deal that will see the PGA Championship aired on CBS Sports through until 2030. CBS Sports have broadcast coverage of the event since 1991. With the PGA Championship now being hosted in May from 2019 on, the network will air weekend rounds of the opening two major championships of the year.
ESPN will take over from TNT in 2020 to host exclusive coverage of the opening two rounds of the event. The deal will also see ESPN and ESPN+ broadcast early action of the weekend rounds, as well as featured groups and holes later on in the day.
PGA of America president, Paul Levy, spoke after the announcement of the deal, expressing his excitement over the potential for more in-depth coverage.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with two great partners in CBS and ESPN for the next 11 years to continue to drive innovation in the production and coverage of major championship golf television. I’m also extremely excited about what this partnership will do to continue to elevate the value of the nearly 29,000 PGA Professionals who are helping to move this sport forward every day.”
The deal begins at the 2020 PGA Championship, which will take place at Harding Park in San Francisco. TNT will continue to broadcast coverage of the 2019 PGA Championship from Bethpage Black.