Loomis tapped to oversee Fox's golf coverage
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Fox Sports made it official, tapping Mark Loomis to be the coordinating producer for all of its golf coverage.
Loomis, who has produced major golf events for ABC and ESPN, will be in charge of Fox’s coverage of all U.S. Golf Association events when those tournaments move to Fox and Fox Sports 1 in 2015. The first big test, for Loomis and Fox, will be the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in Washington.
Since January 2012, Loomis, 46, has been senior vice production of production at MLB Network. Before that, he was coordinating producer of ESPN’s golf coverage, including the 2010 Open Championship.
Loomis became ABC Sports’ lead golf producer in spring 2004 and had a hand later that year in pairing analysts Nick Faldo and Paul Azinger with anchor Mike Tirico.
He left ABC in early 2006, shortly before its contract to cover golf expired, to produce Thursday night games for NFL Network. He also has produced Saturday night college football games for ESPN, as well as three BCS Championship games and five Rose Bowls.
An industry source described Loomis as “extremely talent-friendly” and a “very calm, very organized” leader in the often-hectic production truck. A source with one of the professional tours described Loomis as “thoughtful, smart, well-liked.”
Loomis played golf at Vanderbilt University, and he remains “a golfer first and foremost,” one source said. Loomis is a member at Winged Foot and, according the GHIN database, maintains a 2.2 index.
“He’s obviously jacked (about the new position),” this person said. “You’ll hear the excitement in his voice.”
During his time as ABC’s golf producer, Loomis displayed a willingness to shake things up, as well as a playful side in his production style. His arrival as lead producer coincided with the departure of analyst Curtis Strange. Loomis also created ABC’s “Free Time with Faldo” segments, which were introduced to the Austin Powers’ theme song. At various times, Faldo and a production crew visited Irish pubs, Fenway Park and the spa at La Costa Resort to film lighter segments that ran during tournaments.