INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA and Golf Channel jointly announced today a long-term extension for live coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships. The announcement was made by Joni Comstock, senior vice president for championships, NCAA, and Mike McCarley, president, Golf, NBC Sports. This partnership encompasses all media rights, worldwide, for Golf Channel’s presentations of the national championships and extends through 2029.
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“This is an important day for NCAA golf, our student-athletes, coaches and fans,” said Comstock. “The partnership with Golf Channel has resulted in live broadcast of several milestone moments in both the men’s and women’s championships over the last several years and we anticipate more exciting moments in the years ahead. Providing access and a media platform that gives our golf student-athletes more visibility and news coverage shows unified support for the game. This also allows others the opportunity to see the outstanding play of our student-athletes who excel in the classroom and on the course.”
“There is an inherent passion to traditional college sports on television that we’ve seen translate incredibly well to the golf course,” said McCarley. “Our partnership with the NCAA has exceeded our expectations because each year the men’s and women’s national championships seem to produce some of the most exciting moments on the golf calendar. The coverage has not only helped elevate the collegiate game, but also introduced some of golf’s future stars to the sport’s broader audience.”
Golf Channel has provided live coverage of the men’s national championships since 2014 and the women’s national championships since 2015, when both events began consecutive championships at the same host venue. Golf Channel’s live coverage includes Monday’s final round, crowning the individual national champions, as well as Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s eight-team match-play tournament, crowning the team national champions.
In addition, Golf Channel applies its comprehensive portfolio of news, digital and social media coverage teams onsite at the national championships, and covers collegiate golf year-round through all of its platforms, including Morning Drive, Golf Central, news specials for regional and national qualifying, Golf Channel Digital, instructional platforms and special events.