McLean, Va. and Orlando, Fla. – Gannett Co., Inc., parent company for the USA TODAY NETWORK that comprises USA TODAY and 109 local media brands including the Arizona Republic and the Indianapolis Star, announced Wednesday it has acquired Golfweek, the industry leader in golf publications, effective immediately.
Golfweek joins the USA TODAY Sports Media Group, an official media partner of the PGA Tour since 2012 and part of the USA TODAY NETWORK and its more than 110 million unique monthly online visitors. The acquisition of this premium brand accelerates Gannett’s efforts to be a leader in golf by adding Golfweek to For The Win! Golf, USA TODAY Golf and the NETWORK’s more than 5 million unique monthly avid golf fans.
The acquisition of Golfweek’s industry-leading editorial team, events business and Golfweek Custom Media adds significant value to Gannett’s suite of audience-focused, content-driven sports business, as well as an unmatched relationship with golf’s core demographic community. Golfweek has been the leading producer of event programs for some of golf’s biggest tournaments across the PGA Tour, LPGA, PGA of America and United States Golf Association, including the 41st Ryder Cup. And since 1997, Golfweek has produced Golfweek’s Best annual top-100 courses rankings from a panel of 750 evaluators rating more than 3,600 courses.
“Golfweek gives us amazing depth and expertise to bring to our strong golf audience across the USA TODAY NETWORK,” said Dave Morgan, president of the USA TODAY Sports Media Group, who also will serve as publisher of Golfweek. “We are thrilled to add such a trusted and respected brand as Golfweek to the USA TODAY family and are confident that this will provide tremendous new opportunities for Golfweek and our partners.”
“I have been fortunate to work alongside the talented team at Golfweek over the last 25 years,” said Rance Crain, Golfweek’s chairman who will continue on as a special advisor to USA TODAY Sports Media Group. ”Their dedication to producing engaging golf content and experiences for Golfweek’s avid golfer audience will be a valuable asset to Gannett,”
Morgan said Golfweek will continue as an authoritative voice in professional, college and amateur golf, in addition to growing its events and custom-publishing businesses. Golfweek’s headquarters remain in Orlando, Fla., with offices in New York City, Los Angeles and McLean, Va., where Gannett is headquartered.
About the USA TODAY Sports Media Group
The USA TODAY Sports Media Group encompasses all sports initiatives across USA TODAY Sports and Gannett’s more than 120 well-known local media brands. It also includes the sports photography wire service USA TODAY Sports Images; leading high school sports destination USA TODAY High School Sports; the social news hub For The Win, and the hundreds of sites within USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties such as TheBigLead.com and mixed martial arts site MMAJunkie.com, among others. USA TODAY is owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI).
Founded in 1975, Golfweek is the most authentic and authoritative voice in golf. Serving enthusiasts who are truly passionate about the game of golf, the Golfweek brand includes Golfweek magazine, the Golfweek Digital Network, Golfweek Events and Golfweek Custom Media.