Thursday, May 19, 2011

NBC Sports Chief Dick Ebersol Resigns

[HT: AP, Sports Business Daily]

Chalk this up as really bad timing. The next round of Olympic negotiations is set to begin and the top executive of the "Network of the Olympics" has stepped down.

NBC Sports Group Chairman Dick Ebersol resigned from the peacock network. International Olympic Committee executive board member Richard Carrior, who negotiates the U.S. television rights, said Comcast CEO Brian Roberts confirmed that.

The Associated Press citing a person with knowledge that what caused Ebersol's resignation was a contract dispute.

Here's Richard Sandomir and Bill Carter's New York Times article:

The Olympic auction for U.S. television rights begins next week with NBC, ESPN/ABC and Fox expected to compete. Could the Olympic Rings be on the verge of leaving the peacock network?

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