According to reports from the Associated Press and Golf Digest, NBC Sports has chosen not to renew the contract of lead golf analyst Paul Azinger. The 63-year-old was reportedly caught off guard by the decision, which comes after his last event, the Ryder Cup in September. Despite this setback, Azinger expressed his gratitude for the NBC team in a statement released on Sunday.
In a statement, NBC Sports thanked Azinger for his insights, work ethic, and industry relationships over the past five years. However, it’s unclear if this decision is part of a larger overhaul of its golf coverage, with more changes potentially coming to the Golf Channel brand.
Azinger became NBC Sports’ lead analyst following Johnny Miller’s retirement in 2019. Before that, he worked as the lead golf analyst for ABC and ESPN from 2006 to 2015 and joined Fox Sports in 2016 for its USGA championships. With over 100 major championships and international team events under his belt over the last 40 years, Azinger has been an integral part of the golf broadcasting community.
NBC has not announced who will replace Azinger in the booth yet.