See Johnny play. Or is it hear Johnny talk? That's what NBC and Johnny Miller are trying to figure out before Miller, the man who restored credibility to NBC's woeful golf team, turns 50 and trades in the TV tower for the Senior tour.
Although Miller's contract runs through 1998, negotiations are said to have already begun. Miller, who entered only two regular Tour events in 1995, becomes eligible for the Senior tour in April 1997 and says he plans to play 10 tournaments in addition to maintaining his course design work. Miller claims that doing both will be tough if his schedule with NBC is not cut back from the 14 events he covered this year.
Miller seems to have the Peacock over a barrel. The USGA was so happy with NBC—and especially Miller—that it recently extended for two years, through 1999, a three-year contract it had awarded the network in 1995 to broadcast the Men's and Women's Opens, the Senior Open, the U.S. Amateur and one other designated event.
"We have a good team right now," Miller says. "That's why I'd hate to leave it."