Long-time golf broadcaster Gary McCord signed his contract extension with CBS Sports in 2017. McCord said the president of the CBS sports division, Sean McManus, assured him he could stay until he wanted to leave.
According to McCord, McManus said, “You’ve been here so long, when you want to go, you tell me.” However, CBS Sports declined to pick up McCord’s two-year option last week. “This is not how I would have preferred to see it end, McCord added. “I’ve been doing this for 30-odd years. I knew I was coming to the end of the deal, but I was going to go out on my terms. That’s not happening now”.
The most notable quote?
Bottom line, they fired me.”
Close friend and fellow on-course commentator, Peter Kostis, also got the boot last Wednesday when they both received messaged saying their options were not being picked up. McCord said, “I looked at my phone, and I had a message from a 212 area code and thought, Uh Oh”.
“He [McManus] tells me, and he told Peter the same thing, that ‘We think CBS is getting a little stale, and we need to go in another direction,'” McCord divulged to Golf Digest by phone. McCord continued, “I’ve been called a lot of things, but one thing I’ve never been called is stale.”
Word around Golf Digest is that the network is going to go with younger options in the years going forward. With the likes of 2008 Masters Champion Trevor Immelman, 39, and his brother Mark, 49. Mark Immelman is a former three-time All-American golfer from Columbus State University and the program’s current coach.
Another notable household name is Davis Love III, who could also be in the mix of this new up and coming commentating crew.
McCord was disappointed that he did not get to have a proper goodbye to his viewers, and co-workers of 35 years. However, he hinted at a different way he plans on accomplishing a proper farewell. McCord referenced the Waste Management in late January where he is synonymous with the par 3 16th hole.
h/t: Golf Digest