There was a collective groan when lively golf analyst David Feherty left CBS. Apparently, his reasons for walking boiled down to CBS’s refusal to expand his role beyond that of walking commentator, allow him to present on more than just golf and give him a raise that would have quadrupled his salary beyond its seven figures. Now, Fox Sports and NBC have been auctioning for his services, he’s finally decided to go with NBC.
NBC was at the end of the day the better choice, thanks to its more extensive inclusion of golf on its schedule. Feherty remarked, “I’m really looking forward to this next step in my career, but I’ll miss a lot of people who had my back for 20 years. And to be honest, I’m on the verge of soiling myself. However, I am looking forward to new challenges and opportunities at NBC and Golf Channel. I haven’t yet heard the over-under on me getting fired, but hey, I beat the odds the last time.”
So what new challenges and opportunities will he be looking forward to? For starters…
- Universal Television, a branch of NBC Universal, will be providing him “a new creative outlet for potential entertainment projects.”
- An extension of his award-winning talk show, “Feherty,” and the ability for NBCUniversal to broadcast it across its networks and internationally
- His continued appearance in Golf Channel’s daily news programs, “Morning Drive” and “Golf Central”.
- A dedicated digital home for exclusive “Feherty” content
- Collaboration with Golf Channel on his one-man stage show
Now, as CBS is no doubt kicking itself for letting go of a great asset, NBC is profiting from one of golf’s most whimsical, entertaining personalities. Let the show begin!