Report: Buck, Norman to broadcast '15 U.S. Open
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Fox Sports apparently has settled on the cornerstones for its golf announcing crew.
Anchor Joe Buck will be paired with Greg Norman in the 18th tower when Fox Sports broadcasts its first U.S. Open in 2015, according to media reports and other sources.
Buck is Fox Sports’ top anchor for football and baseball, and also an avid golfer.
Norman has been rumored to be part of Fox Sports’ plans since the network acquired the U.S. Golf Association’s television rights in August. One source told Golfweek that Norman has signed a five-year contract with Fox Sports.
The network would not comment on its announcers, and Norman’s camp also would not confirm that a deal is done.
"We are continuing to work with Fox in hopes of formalizing an arrangement sometime soon,” Randy Earle, director of marketing and business development for Norman’s Great White Shark Enterprises, said in an email.
Fox Sports’ producer, Mark Loomis, reportedly had an interest in hiring Paul Azinger as a golf analyst, but those plans apparently have been nixed. It’s not immediately clear why. When Loomis was ABC’s golf producer in the mid-2000s, he had a hand in pairing Azinger and Nick Faldo with anchor Mike Tirico on that network’s golf coverage.