ESPN International, USGA Renew Broadcast Rights

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ESPN International, USGA Renew Broadcast Rights

New Agreement Includes Latin America and the Caribbean 2015-2020

ESPN and the United States Golf Association (USGA) announced today a multi-year extension granting ESPN International exclusive rights on all means and media in Latin America and the Caribbean to the USGA’s marquee championships, including the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open.  The new agreement provides ESPN International with live media rights on its linear and digital platforms throughout the stated regions, and extends the longstanding ESPN/USGA partnership in Latin America through 2020.

Future U.S. Open Championship sites include: Chambers Bay, WA (2015), Oakmont, PA (2016), Erin Hills, WI (2017), Shinnecock Hills G.C. in Southampton, NY (2018), Pebble Beach (2019) and Winged Foot G.C. in Mamaroneck, NY (2020).

“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with ESPN in Latin America and the Caribbean,” says Mike Davis, executive director of the USGA. “We know they will continue to bring their world-class coverage of our championships to the millions of fans in the region.”

“We are pleased with our new agreement with the USGA and look forward to presenting their championshipsto our fans, affiliates and advertisers, and to extending our partnership with the USGA in Latin America for an additional six years,” said Mike Walters, vice president of programming, ESPN International.  “ESPN International will utilize its expertise across all of our platforms in Latin America and the Caribbean to allow fans to enjoy the U.S. Open wherever and whenever they chose.”

ESPN’s 2014 Latin America/Caribbean coverage will include a minimum of 25 live hours of television coverage from Pinehurst No. 2.  The television coverage will be complemented with additional digital content featuring marquee holes and player groups on ESPN Play, ESPN’s live and on demand broadband service.  Should a playoff be required, ESPN will also air the entire 18 holes on Monday. This agreement ensures that golf fans and viewers throughout Latin America and the Caribbean will once again be able to see all four of golf’s Major Championships, including the U.S. Open, on ESPN platforms in 2015.

About the USGA

The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches, attracting players and fans from more than 160 countries. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s reach is global with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico, serving more than 25 million golfers and actively engaging 150 golf associations.

The USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing “For the Good of the Game” grants program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.

For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.

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