In a shocking turn of events, NBC Sports has decided not to renew the contract of its lead golf analyst, Paul Azinger. The news was reported by the Associated Press and Golf Digest, leaving Azinger, 63, surprised and out of a job.
Azinger’s last event as an analyst was the Ryder Cup in September, and he will not be on call for the upcoming Hero World Challenge. NBC expressed its appreciation for Azinger’s work over the past five years in a statement, thanking him for his insights, work ethic, and industry relationships.
The decision to part ways with Azinger is unclear if it is part of a larger overhaul of NBC Sports’ golf coverage. There is speculation that more changes may come to the Golf Channel brand in the future.
Azinger joined NBC Sports in 2019 after retiring from his role as lead analyst for ABC and ESPN from 2006 to 2015. Before that, he worked for Fox Sports during their USGA championships. In a statement released on Sunday, Azinger expressed his gratitude for the NBC team and their support.
As a player and broadcaster, Azinger has been involved in more than 100 major championships and international team events over the last 40 years. NBC has not announced who will replace Azinger in the booth yet.