The USGA's switch from traditional U.S. Open broadcast partners ESPN and NBC has been well-publicized by now. Next year, all of their championships will move to FOX for the first year of a 12-year deal for about $1.2 billion total. The negotiations and how the final decision was made, and announced, to go with FOX were widely panned over several months last year.
Friday afternoon was ESPN's last broadcast, with NBC taking over full-time on the weekend. The network has had an association with the national championship for more than 30 years now, and Chris Berman offered a farewell statement as the broadcast came to a close.
Veteran NBC producer Tommy Roy has already said that network has something special planned for their final sign off on Sunday evening. Groaning about Berman and Johnny Miller have become a part of this event, and it will be weird to see FOX, probably a dancing golf robot, Joe Buck, and Greg Norman take over next year.