The CBS golf schedule came to a close with The Barclays last weekend, and according to John Ourand from SportsBusiness Journal, so too did the long career for David Feherty with the network.
Feherty, who has been with CBS for 19 years, called his last golf tournament with CBS last weekend at The Barclays. Sources said the two sides could not reach an agreement on Feherty’s role on the network’s golf coverage.
Fans of Feherty should not worry about him being off the course all that long, as both Ourand and Josh Berhow of Golf.com noted Feherty’s professional relationship with NBC Sports, hosting a show aptly named Feherty for Golf Channel.
Per Berhow, Feherty’s wife answered their phone at home when Golf.com attempted to reach out for comment, as David was at a charity function at the time the news broke. She had not heard the report, which must have made that conversation wonderfully awkward.
Golf is the one sport where being a “sideline” reporter has the most value, as the on-course reporters are vital to providing the kind of specific, down-to-the-inch-of-break coverage that analysts are often unable to do watching a screen from the tower.
With a host of great on-course reporters in the sport, Feherty has always stood out as one of the most recognizable, and definitely one of the best. His departure from CBS will be evident come next season’s Masters, but if he lands at NBC and Golf Channel, there’s a chance golf fans could get even more opportunities to hear him from the course, and the studio.