Paige Spiranac offers to step in after TV host Paul Azinger declines re-signing with NBC Sports, fans claim ‘ratings would skyrocket’

Paul Azinger is no longer NBC Sports' lead golf analyst, having left the network after five years without knowing it until the Ryder Cup in October.


Paige Spiranac offers to step in after TV host Paul Azinger declines re-signing with NBC Sports, fans claim ‘ratings would skyrocket’

Paige Spiranac and Paul Azinger [Image Credit- SBNation.com and NBC Sports Pressbox]

Paige Spiranac has expressed interest in exploring a new avenue within her career by moving into a television career. Her followers are excited by this decision on X. Spiranac signaled her desire to pursue a role in sports commentary in response to the announcement that NBC Sports’ lead golf analyst, Paul Azinger, will not be continuing with the network.

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Following the news of Azinger’s five-year tenure concluding as his contract concluded, Spiranac quickly declared her availability and eagerness to step into the now-vacant position. On social media, she shared a post about Azinger’s departure from NBC Sports with the caption, “Fine, I’ll step in.” This prompted an excited response from her audience.

As the tweet swiftly accumulated over a million views, numerous supporters voiced their hope that Spiranac would secure the analyst position, with enthusiastic endorsements appearing in the comments. In addition, a fan praised Spiranac’s sense of style, envisaging her as a refreshing and fashionable presence on NBC Sports.

Azinger who famously clinched the 1993 PGA Championship etched his mark in the world of golf and sports broadcasting. Spiranac, also a former golfer turned influencer, has set her sights on potentially making a similar transition, hinting at her future within sports media.

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Paul Azinger is no longer the primary golf analyst for NBC

Paul Azinger’s tenure as NBC Golf’s primary analyst has concluded, with the network choosing not to renew his contract. His era thus ended his four-year tenure as the principal commentator for their professional golf broadcasts.

Paul Azinger
Paul Azinger [Image Credit- X]

Azinger assumed the prominent position in 2019 after his tenure at Fox, where he played a pivotal role in their USGA championship coverage. His appointment was received warmly by his Fox colleagues, who respected his dedication and collaborative nature.

Upon taking over from the venerable golf commentator Johnny Miller, who retired at the end of the 2018 season after 29 seasons, Azinger was well-received within the golf community. He was considered a reliable choice to continue Miller’s legacy.

This sentiment was echoed throughout the golf industry, as evidenced in 2020, Azinger’s sophomore year, when NBC secured a multi-billion-dollar, nine-year extension of their television rights with the PGA Tour. This agreement cemented NBC’s rights to live golf broadcasts until the decade’s end. Shortly afterward, NBC regained the USGA TV rights from Fox, bringing the US Open back to its long-established broadcaster.

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