Shark Week At The 2015 U.S. Open
By Torleif Sorenson on 4/16/14
We reported this possibility last August 12, and now it is confirmed: Shark Week is coming to Fox Sports.

John Ourand of Street & Smith's Sports Business Daily is reporting that Joe Buck and Greg Norman will lead Fox Sports' announce team when they begin televising the United States Golf Association's major events in 2015, including the men's and women's U.S. Opens, and the USGA's other high profile amateur championships.

Norman has not analyzed golf on television, though he has plenty of experience in front of cameras, and is smart and savvy enough to have been successful in business off the course. His experiences on the course, including two Open Championships (1986 and 1993) and in golf course architecture, make him plenty qualified to serve as a lead analyst.

Although Buck has not called golf on national television, he has been Fox Sports' lead play-by-play announcer for the National Football League and Major League Baseball for many years. However, golf blogger and writer Geoff Shackelford mentions that Buck is a single-digit handicap golfer, so he should be a quick study. (Shackelford also managed to work in a snide comment about Buck being a good friend of new USGA president Tom O'Toole.)

Fox Sports has introduced several major innovations to televised sports, most notably the "Fox Box," a static score-and-time graphic that is now de rigueur, even on cable access telecasts of high school sporting events. And even though some experiments like the FoxTrax hockey puck did not last, the FoxTrax system is now used in car-racing coverage. The same concept is also used on-screen for tracking ball-flight on pro golf telecasts.

With that in mind, it is reasonable that whatever new tricks Fox Sports has up their collective sleeves, they will almost certainly beta-test their new ideas beforehand in conjunction with Buck, Norman, and their other on-course reporters, as well as the USGA.

As long as they don't let Gus Johnson onto the course, they should be just fine.


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[ comments ]
joe jones says:
I'll have to take a wait and see on this pairing as well as how good Fox coverage is.I suppose we will have to give them some props if there is a case of first year jitters.Norman can be pretty abrasive at times but time will tell.
4/16/14
 
DougE says:
"Norman can be pretty abrasive at times."

Joe, he'll have a hard time being as abrasive as Johnny Miller usually is.
4/16/14
 
mjaber says:
Great. Now I can't enjoy the US Open. How did Joe Buck end up where he is? I don't like him as an announcer. He's just painful to listen to. I wish he would stick to just doing baseball, and get out of all other sports.
4/16/14
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
mjaber: Are you suggesting that Joe Buck is the new Brent Musberger?   :)
4/16/14
 
joe jones says:
In the lead in you mention that " at least it is at a seaside course". Some one better look at a map. Pinehurst is in the middle of the state and a long way from the ocean.
4/16/14
 
mmontisano says:
Fox takes over for the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay, Joe, and it most certainly is seaside.

the problem i have with this pairing is that they have no ties to the USGA or the US Open. at least Johnny Miller and Andy North won the tournament.
4/17/14
 
mmontisano says:
well, bayside anyway.
4/17/14
 
GBogey says:
Greg Norman? Hit the mute button!
4/17/14
 
SpaceMaNy0 says:
Yeah count me among the non-watchers. If I do, it will certainly be muted. Can't stand Joe Buck, I take him in the deathpool every year.
4/17/14
 
mjaber says:
Maybe they will stream on the app with different commentators.
4/17/14
 
joe jones says:
Sorry about that.I missed it.
4/17/14
 
MikeyPingJ says:
Norman is a bore and an ass, just ask Chris Evert.
4/17/14
 
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