Well it didn’t take Fox long to select a lead analyst for its golf coverage – the only question is, will he take the job?
Just as quickly as it swooped in at the 11th hour to sign a landmark 12-year television rights deal with the USGA, Fox has approached two-time major winner Greg Norman and offered him the job of lead analyst on Fox’s new golf coverage that will begin in 2015.
Norman, who learned the same time as the public did that Fox had captured the USGA contract, learned in an e-mail from his old friend David Hill, senior executive V.P. at News Corp and former CEO of Fox Sports Media Group, about the job offer. (Golf Digest’s Tim Rosaforte was first to report the story on Saturday.)
Returning from a trip, Norman saw the e-mail when he landed in Florida and immediately called Hill back to express that he is extremely interested, but requested a face-to-face meeting to discuss the future.
“I need to talk with David and see if it will work for me,” Norman told Golfweek.com from his home in Florida of the proposed analyst role. “One, I need to understand the time requirements and two, the expectations.”
Norman’s history with Hill goes back to when Norman proposed the World Tour and Hill was the man he was working with on the television side at Fox.
Obviously that didn’t happen, but Norman always knew that Fox wanted into golf and was not surprised by the USGA deal.
“It’s really come full circle,” Norman said of Fox and golf.
Norman has done cameo appearances on CBS coverage in the past, first at the behest of Frank Chirkinian.
Pleased with Norman’s demeanor on air and knowledge of the sport, in 2005, before offering the job to Nick Faldo, CBS offered the lead analyst role to Norman, who eventually declined because it would have required too much travel, but with a limited amount of golf in the USGA contract versus a full blown PGA Tour season, Norman is willing to further explore the possibilities.
The next step will be a meeting in Los Angeles in the very near future with Hill to discuss with Norman his future with Fox.