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U.S. Senior Open: NBC's Dan Hicks considers broadcasting major tournaments one of his career highlights

Dan Hicks will host NBC’s coverage of the U.S. Senior Open on Saturday and Sunday, which will be bittersweet as it will be the network’s next-to-last USGA event.
Oklahoman Published: July 9, 2014

With his friendly, conversational style, NBC golf host Dan Hicks is a natural for covering golf. He has covered the sport for more than 20 years with the network, including the past 15 years as host. As a six-handicapper, he also enjoys playing it.

Hicks will host NBC’s coverage of the U.S. Senior Open on Saturday and Sunday, which will be bittersweet as it will be the network’s next-to-last USGA event. Those events — including the U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Amateur championships — are moving to Fox next year as part of a new 12-year contract.

When he signed off June 15 in covering his final U.S. Open with longtime partner Johnny Miller, Hicks called that tournament the highlight of his career.

“To do major championships is special in this sport,” he said this week. “It’s been one of the real highlights of my career.”

Miller won’t be in Edmond this weekend. Hicks will team with Gary Koch from the tower at the 18th hole, unless Koch makes the tournament cut, in which case Hicks will be joined by Roger Maltbie.

“We’re counting down to the last two,” Hicks said. “We have the Senior Open this week and the U.S. Amateur next month. As I do each one, you get a little emotional because kind of a flood of memories comes back to where you remember all the great moments from each of them.”

NBC still has numerous tournaments to cover with its sister network, The Golf Channel, including the The Players Championship and the Ryder Cup.

“We still have a lot of really great golf to do,” Hicks said. “It’s not as if we’re riding off in the sunset.”

The 52-year-old Hicks, is a Tucson, Ariz., native, who graduated from the University of Arizona. He handles a variety of sports for the network, including Notre Dame football and the Olympics.

But he quickly admits he’s not even the most famous sportscaster in his family. That honor goes to his wife, Hannah Storm of ESPN, who frequently hosts “SportsCenter” during the day and has hosted coverage of the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball. Besides juggling careers, they’re also busy tending to three teenage daughters (ages 17, 16 and 13) at their Connecticut home near New York City.

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by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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NBC coverage by the numbers

Here is what NBC is using for its coverage of the U.S. Senior Open 1:30-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday:

29 cameras.

153.40 miles of fiber optics.

2 announce booths.

8 announcers.

8 production trucks.

109 members of the crew.

45 local volunteers.

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