Bell Media Inks Rights Deal With USGA to Keep U.S. Open Through 2022
Bell Media’s TSN and RDS announced have reached a comprehensive new media rights agreement with the United States Golf Association (USGA) that extends the networks’ long-term partnership with the USGA – making TSN and RDS the exclusive Canadian broadcasters of the U.S. Open through to 2022. The expanded partnership was announced before TSN and RDS begin their exclusive Canadian coverage of the 114th U.S. Open on Thursday, June 12.
Beginning in 2015, the new eight-year agreement includes extended Canadian coverage across TSN and RDS platforms for the U.S. OPEN, U.S. Women’s Open, and U.S. Senior Open Championships, as well as the USGA’s national amateur championships.
The new expanded deal includes every U.S. Open round broadcast on TSN and RDS; a comprehensive suite of digital assets for TSN, RDS, and Bell Media platforms; and radio broadcast rights for TSN Radio and Bell Media Radio stations.
“The U.S. OPEN is one of the preeminent golf championships in the world and has been a key component to our coverage of the biggest events in sports,” says Stewart Johnston, President of TSN. “We’re thrilled to work even closer with the USGA executive team on this new and expanded partnership as we elevate Canadian coverage of USGA events across all of our platforms.”
“We are truly excited about extending and expanding our relationship with TSN and RDS and are eager to work more closely with them to showcase and promote the game of golf in Canada,” says Mike Davis, Executive Director of the USGA.
The TSN and RDS golf programing slate already includes all four of golf’s Majors – The Masters, U.S. Open, The Open Championship, and the PGA Championship, as well as the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, and a series of PGA TOUR events.