According to reports from the Associated Press and Golf Digest, NBC Sports has announced that it will not be renewing Paul Azinger’s contract as its lead golf analyst. This came as a surprise to Azinger, who had been in the role since 2019 following Johnny Miller’s retirement. His last event was the Ryder Cup in September, and he will not be on call for the upcoming Hero World Challenge.
In a statement, NBC expressed its gratitude to Azinger for his work over the past five years. The network thanked him for his insights, work ethic, and industry relationships. It’s unclear if NBC Sports’ decision to part ways with Azinger is part of a larger overhaul of its golf coverage, with more changes potentially coming to the Golf Channel brand.
Azinger has had an illustrious career as both a player and broadcaster. He has been involved in more than 100 major championships and international team events over the last 40 years. Before joining NBC Sports in 2019, 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. In a statement released on Sunday, Azinger expressed his gratitude to the NBC team and acknowledged their talent and support.