Gary McCord and Peter Kostis, two long-serving member of CBS Sports’ golf coverage over the past three decades, have both had their contracts terminated and will not return to their roles in 2020.
McCord, 71, joined CBS Sports in 1986 as an analyst following a 13-year career on the PGA Tour, while Kostis, 72, a renowned golf instructor, joined the network in 1992. Kostis has served in various broadcasting roles, most notably as CBS’ primary on-course reporter, where he won an Emmy award for his analysis of players’ swings.
A statement released by CBS said: “Gary and Peter have been an important part of our golf coverage for three decades. They were both outstanding teammates and we thank them for their significant contributions throughout the years. We wish them both all the best.”
Writing on Twitter about his dismissal, McCord wrote: ““This is not how I would have preferred to see it end. I’m going on 72. I’ve been doing this for 30-odd years, and 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. Bottom line, they fired me.”
Kostis said: “I have been thinking quite a bit about requesting a reduced travel schedule, but CBS made my decision easier when they elected to not exercise the two-year option on my contract. As I look to my future, it will most definitely include going back to my teaching roots in some form or fashion, and I’m really excited about that.”
McCord and Kostis are partners in a teaching academy at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Kostis currently coaches Paul Casey.
Just days after CBS announced that it had fired both announcers, it revealed that it had hired Davis Love III to take over commentary duties from January. Love, 55, who is still competing on the Champions Tour, said: “I have long considered CBS Sports the gold standard in golf coverage. Whether playing or coaching, I have always loved the team aspect of golf, and I am thrilled to now be a member of the best team in television.”
Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports, said: “With his playing experience, reputation and relationships across the golf community, he brings a unique perspective and insight that will enhance our broadcasts. Davis is the perfect fit for CBS, and we look forward to him making the best broadcast team in golf even better.”
Coverage of the PGA Tour returns to CBS with next January’s Farmers Insurance Open. The network is under contract to broadcast the Tour through the 2021 season and also televises the Masters and PGA Championship. Contract negotiations are under way, with CBS among the networks vying for future PGA Tour coverage.