Fox Sports may be new to televising golf when it begins in 2015 but it got significantly more experienced with the announcement Thursday that Mark Loomis has been hired as coordinating producer for golf event production and all studio programming.
Loomis brings a deep background and passion for golf programming, having been the man largely responsible for the success of ABC Sports’ golf telecasts when Mike Tirico, Nick Faldo and Paul Azinger worked together a decade ago. In fact, ABC’s telecast of the 2005 Open Championship won an Emmy award.
“Mark is one of the most successful and respected producers in sports television today and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Fox Sports family,” executive vice president John Entz said in a statement. “His leadership, passion, extensive experience and innovative approach to event and studio coverage make him the perfect choice as we become the home of the preeminent golf championship in the world.”
In 2015, Fox Sports will take over broadcasts of the U.S. Open, the U.S. Women’s Open and the U.S. Amateur, a dramatic change of course for the USGA and its signature events, given the fact the rights were awarded to a network with no background in golf telecasts.
The hiring of Loomis is an important step in the right direction.