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The Royal and Ancient Golf Club is expected to increase its global media rights revenue by about 64 per cent from 2015 to 2017.

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NBC Sports is understood to have paid a significant increase to prise rights to golf’s British Open from its long-term American home on ESPN.

UK pay-television operator Sky doubled the rights fee for the exclusive domestic rights to golf’s Open Championship last week in order to wrest it from public-service broadcaster the BBC.

TV Sports Markets understands that a sharing arrangement for the domestic rights to golf’s British Open between a free-to-air and a pay-television broadcaster is unlikely.

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club (R&A) could be forced to sell at least some of the rights to the British Open to pay-television if it is to increase the media rights value of the competition.

The NBC Sports Group division of media company NBCUniversal has struck a deal to assume live coverage in the US of golf’s Open Championship from the 2016 edition of the British event – a year earlier than planned.

UK public-service broadcaster the BBC “switched emphasis” when bidding for the domestic rights to Britain’s Open Championship to focus on highlights after the first round of offers for live coverage in the recent auction, according to Peter Dawson, the outgoing chief executive of the R&A, which operates the golf tournament.

UK pay-television broadcaster Sky has confirmed a five-year deal with the R&A, which operates the Open Championship, for the acquisition of exclusive live rights to the British golf major.

UK pay-television broadcaster Sky has agreed a deal with the R&A, which operates the Open championship, over the acquisition of rights for the British golf major, according to the Daily Mail.