Australian golf legend Greg Norman is making his return to media as he’ll work as lead analyst for SiriusXM’s exclusive audio coverage of the 2021 Masters Tournament.
Norman spoke to Front Office Sports about his lone year with Fox Sports and the criticism that the network received due to its coverage of the 2015 U.S. Open with both parties eventually parting ways in 2016.
Despite taking the fall for Fox Sports, who was the new kid on the block in terms of golf coverage, Norman holds no grudges towards his former employers. Furthermore, the golf analyst wishes that the network would get back into covering golf.
“For Fox to be out of golf is a crying shame. I hope they get back into it,” Norman said. “I liked the guys behind the scenes. Even though some of them were sub-contractors and freelance guys, the energy in the compound was incredible.”
“Everybody felt, ‘OK, Fox is the new kid on the block. We’re going to do something different, unique; we’re not going to be network television. CBS-, NBC-, ABC-style of showing golf, where everybody says the perfect thing all the time. When it shouldn’t be said perfectly.’
Fox Sports exited early from its deal with USGA last year. NBC took over the coverage for the U.S. Open. Perhaps this five-year run is a learning process, and the network will jump back into covering golf in the future.