John Ourand of Sports Business Daily dropped the exclusive late Tuesday afternoon: David Feherty is leaving CBS.
This is a rather shocking development considering Feherty had been a fixture on CBS’ golf coverage for 19 years. Yet maybe it isn’t that surprising.
Every time I see and talk to Feherty, he always says he is doing a ridiculous amount of work. He often is on overload with CBS’ large golf slate and doing his “Feherty” show for the Golf Channel, not to mention a myriad of personal appearances, commercials, etc. He always punctuates this by saying, “It’s all good.”
However, maybe it got to be too much for Feherty, now 57. Perhaps he wants to do less.
Whatever the reason, NBC, which owns the Golf Channel, would seem to be a natural fit for him. NBC doesn’t have as many tournaments (a good thing for him), but it does have some good ones in the British Open (coming in 2017), the Players Championship, the last three tournaments of the FedEx Cup playoffs, and the Florida swing. Plus, it would allow him to do the Ryder Cup, surely a bucket list item for the member of the 1991 European team.
And don’t forget, NBC will be airing golf’s return to the Olympics in 2016. Surely, Feherty always wanted to see Rio.
Also, Feherty would continue to do his “Feherty” show for the Golf Channel and likely even work the network’s massive studio coverage for the majors. So he even could return to Augusta, where he would see all of his old friends from CBS.
As he would say, “Now that would be awkward.”