Feherty signs with NBC Sports, Golf Channel – Golf Channel (registration) (blog)
Noted commentator and Emmy-nominated host David Feherty has signed with NBC Sports Group in a deal that will bring his style and personality exclusively to the golf telecasts of NBC and Golf Channel.
In his new role, Feherty will be utilized as a walking and tower analyst on NBC and Golf Channel coverage of PGA Tour events, including the Florida Swing, The Players Championship and the FedEx Cup Playoffs. He will also be featured during 2016 coverage of the Ryder Cup and the Olympics, as well as select PGA of America and European Tour events, and will call golf’s oldest championship when NBC Sports becomes the home of the Open Championship in 2017.
“I’m really looking forward to this next step in my career, but I’ll miss a lot of people who have had my back for nearly 20 years. And to be honest, I’m on the verge of soiling myself,” said Feherty, who worked for CBS Sports for nearly two decades. “However, I am looking forward to the new challenges and opportunities at NBC and Golf Channel. I haven’t yet heard the over-under on me getting fired, but hey, I beat the odds last time.”
In addition to his work on the grounds at tournaments, Feherty will continue to host his award-winning, self-titled talk show on Golf Channel, for which he earned a 2014 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Sports Host. Feherty will also be a regular guest on both “Morning Drive” and “Golf Central,” and Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal, has secured a first-look development deal with Feherty for potential entertainment projects.
“David is a true talent who connects with people from all walks of life because of his ability to transition from hilarious to heartfelt so smoothly,” said Golf Channel president Mike McCarley. “Now we will be able to showcase his unique voice across a wide array of NBCUniversal assets, including from the biggest stages in global sports and entertainment.”