Dick Ebersol RESIGNS as Head of NBC Sports
For anyone who's familiar with the behind the scenes elements of sports programming on television, this is fairly monumental news. Ebersol is a giant of American television. His fingerprints are all over the broadcast history of not only the Olympics over the last 25 years, but also many of the biggest sports events on the annual calendar. NBC has a habit of holding on to the broadcast rights of major sports events for a LONG time. These include The Triple Crown races, Wimbledon (30+ yrs), The French Open (28 yrs), The US Open (golf), etc. It's no secret that the other networks would love to have their hands on any one of these events and also on Ebersol.
Since Comcast allowed such a major player to get away, one has to wonder how strong their commitment is to maintaining the broad sports presence NBC currently enjoys. After all, the only reason they bought NBC, was because GE and Universal were saddled with mounting losses and were looking to reduce their liabilities. One has to assume that Comcast wants to trim budgets wherever possible in order to protect its investment as it rebuilds. It will be interesting to see how this affects NBC/Universal Sports' commitment to broadcasting skating.
Last edited by jcoates; 05-19-2011 at 01:01 PM.
Here are few comments from Hersh about Ebersol's resignation:
and this recent article goes into more detail about future Olympic broadcasts:
It sounds like ESPN has the money and interest (Rio Olympics for ESPN's So. American stations).
Nobody seems as interested in Sochi which will be expensive and comes with time zone and other logistical problems.
A sign of the times is how little skating figures into this.......
why doesn't CBS want to get in the games anymore? They did a great job in the 90s for the winter games
Really hoping Fox or ESPN get it, just because I think they could/would give mroe coverage to the sports they would be following in the games.
Rio has a great time zone for US TV but Sochi definitely does not. Even with popular x games sports getting more and more a part of Olympics the internet will make the results known. So even with the popular and booming sports the airing of them may not be as profitable as in the past.
I forgot to mention Ebersol. Yeah he was big and influential and maybe this wont effect NBC sports but he was like the driving force. Well if it made more money than it lost as a strategy I am sure it will continue.
Last edited by gmyers; 05-19-2011 at 05:21 PM.