ESPN is replacing USA as the broadcaster for the early rounds of the Masters starting in 2008.
TNT reportedly also was competing for the contract. USA was not in the market. By ending its deal with the Masters, USA has completed its full-blown retreat from golf. It gave up early round coverage of PGA Tour events this year to the Golf Channel.
Given the secrecy of Augusta, it’s not surprising that terms were not disclosed. It’s fairly certain, however, given past practice, that it’s a one-year deal.