Category: Dan Hicks


August 29, 2013

Hicks: Miller not riding into the sunset just yet

Posted at 11:31 AM by Cameron Morfit

Millerhicks_stanbadzgettyJohnny Miller won't be hanging up his microphone just because NBC's storied relationship with the USGA will come to an end after next year. That's the way Miller's broadcast partner Dan Hicks sees it, anyway.

In a wide-ranging interview with Ed Sherman, Hicks says the newly inked USGA-FOX partnership was a shocker that saddened both Hicks and Miller, as their days of calling the U.S. Open for NBC will end (at least for the foreseeable future) with the 2014 Open at Pinehurst No. 2. Still, Hicks added, Miller probably won't walk away from the booth just because the Peacock network failed to hang onto the rights to our national championship.

"I don’t know. I don’t think so. I think Johnny is too good to just walk away because we’re not doing the Open anymore. He still wants to do some golf. Our team is tight. If the crew was breaking up, then I could see him leaving.

"We still [televise] a lot of good golf at NBC; the Florida swing; the Players; the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup. I think Johnny will want to be part of that."

For now, Hicks says, he'll concentrate on being the new voice of Notre Dame football. And he'll keep plenty busy with a full slate of golf tournaments in 2014. After that, though, he'll have some more time on his hands. Although he said the USGA was right to open up the bidding, the FOX news was "a kick to the stomach."

"The U.S. Open gets in your blood. It becomes a part of who you are. I’m still coming to terms  with knowing that next year will be our last U.S. Open. I probably won’t absorb it until 2015 when we’re on the outside looking in. It’s going to be tough.

"I feel worse for (Miller) than anyone. He gives so much emotion to that championship. After I talked to (producer Tommy Roy), I called Johnny. You could hear the emotion in his voice."

(Photo: Stan Badz / Getty Images)
June 19, 2011

VIDEO: NBC Sports omits 'under God' from Pledge of Allegiance

Posted at 8:09 PM by Mike Walker

NBC Sports apologized for editing out the phrase “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance in its introduction to the broadcast of Round 4 of the U.S. Open on Sunday.

The omission caused an immediate outcry on Twitter, with at least one post suggesting that people boycott NBC advertisers over the video introduction, which cut between children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and U.S. soldiers raising an American flag on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

NBC Sports announcer Dan Hicks apologized for the omission later in the broadcast.

"Earlier we began our coverage of this final round just about three hours ago, and when we did it was our intent to begin the coverage of this U.S. Open championship with a feature that captured the patriotism of our national championship being held in our nation’s capital for the third time. Regrettably a portion of the Pledge of Allegiance that was in that feature was edited out. It was not done to upset anyone and we'd like to apologize to those of you that were offended by it."

 

Earlier we began our coverage of this final round just about three hours ago and when we did it was our intent to begin the coverage of this U.S. Open championship with a feature that captured the patriotism of our national championship being held in our nation’s capital for the third time. Regrettably a portion of the Pledge of Allegiance that was in that feature was edited out. It was not done to upset anyone and we’d like to apologize to those of you that were offended by it.




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