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PGA, CBS, ESPN Multimedia Rights Agreement to Benefit PGA Professionals

Partnership to elevate status of PGA Professionals ...

The PGA of America, CBS and ESPN have reached an historic and comprehensive 11-year multimedia agreement for the television, digital and Internet rights for live coverage of the PGA Championship. The agreement begins in 2020 at Harding Park extends CBS Sports’ relationship with PGA to 40 consecutive years.

This new partnership between the PGA, CBS Sports and ESPN also includes strategic elements and multiplatform support for key PGA initiatives to help showcase and celebrate the PGA of America, its members, coaches, PGA Jr. League and the golfers who compete in the championship each year.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with two great partners in CBS and ESPN for the next 11 years to continue to drive innovation in the production and coverage of major championship golf television,” said PGA President Paul Levy. “But I’m even more excited about what this partnership will do to elevate the stature of the nearly 29,000 PGA Professionals who are helping to move this sport forward every day.”

This includes:

  • Showcasing the 20 PGA Professionals from across the country who have earned the right to compete in the PGA, focusing on their stories and the impact they have on the growth of the game.
  • Bringing to life the spirit and fun of the PGA Jr. League while celebrating the young athletes, who are the future of this game, while they compete in the PGA Jr. League Championship. Beginning in 2019, the PGA Jr. League Championship presented by National Car Rental will be telecast on ESPN.
  • Elevating the visibility of the PGA Minority Collegiate Championship, highlighting the competition and telling the stories of the diverse athletes and teams.
  • PGA HOPE, the signature military program of PGA REACH, uses golf as a therapeutic tool to help Veterans reconnect with civilian life. To highlight the program, the stories of the veterans impacted by PGA HOPE will be in focus leading into the championship.

To read the complete release, click here.