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April 12, 1989 | LARRY STEWART
Dick Ebersol, one of the creators of "Saturday Night Live," Tuesday was named the president of NBC Sports, effective May 1. He will replace Art Watson, who has been president of the network's sports division since 1979 and has been with NBC since 1956. Watson, 54, will remain with the network as an executive vice-president until his anticipated retirement next year. In his new position, Watson will continue to be involved in rights negotiations. Ebersol, 41, started at ABC Sports in 1967 as an Olympics researcher and became executive assistant to Roone Arledge, the department's president, in 1971.
February 8, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
When it comes to the Olympics, one of the great things about this age of the live stream is that everything is viewable. Unfortunately for NBC, one of the bad things about this age of the live stream is that everything is viewable,including that which was cut from a prime-time broadcast. Two notable omissions were clear to viewers of the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony on Friday. The first was the more amusing of the two - the scene of members of the Russian Internal Affairs Departmental choir singing along to Daft Punk's "Get Lucky.
August 2, 2012 | By Joe Flint
NBC has gone from expecting to lose $200 million on the Summer Olympics in London to perhaps breaking even to maybe making a profit on the Games. "We think there is a small chance we could make a little bit of money," NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus said Thursday. "We'll know over next couple of weeks. " That would be a stunning turnaround for NBC and its parent company Comcast, both of which have been warning investors and analysts for almost two years that the London Games would likely end in red ink. With the ratings for the Games outperforming even the most optimistic expectations, NBC does not have to worry about providing additional commercials to advertisers if it under-delivers on viewers.
January 9, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
NBC Sports said Thursday that Steve Letarte, crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr., would join NBC Sports as an analyst on its broadcasts of NASCAR events starting next year. NASCAR last year announced a 10-year pact, starting in 2015, for NBC Sports to carry the final 20 races of NASCAR's 36-race Sprint Cup Series schedule along with the final 19 races in NASCAR's second-level Nationwide Series. Letarte, 34, last year completed his third full season as crew chief for Earnhardt and his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team.
May 4, 2005 | From staff and wire reports
NBC Sports won eight Emmy Awards -- including six for its coverage of the 2004 Athens Olympics -- and Games host Bob Costas collected his 17th on Monday night. HBO was second with six Emmys, and ESPN was third with five. The 26th annual Sports Emmys were handed out in New York by the National Television Academy of Arts & Sciences. ABC's "Monday Night Football" was named best live sports series. Costas won as outstanding studio host for his work at the Olympics and additional duties at HBO.
February 21, 2001 | Bloomberg News
Vans Inc., a maker of athletic footwear and clothing, said General Electric Co.'s NBC Sports agreed to broadcast Vans-sponsored sports events such as skateboarding and surfing. Financial terms of the three-year agreement weren't disclosed. NBC Sports will begin the broadcasts this year, Vans said. Vans shares fell 75 cents to close at $21.50 on Nasdaq. They had risen 31% this year. Fairfield, Conn.-based General Electric rose 69 cents to close at $47.69 on the New York Stock Exchange.
September 3, 1991
Kenneth Schanzer, executive vice president of NBC Sports since 1983 and architect of the division's novel five-year football contract with the University of Notre Dame, has been given the added title of executive vice president for talent negotiations, NBC President and Chief Executive Robert C. Wright announced. In the new post, Schanzer will handle on-air talent negotiations for NBC News, NBC Sports and the network's owned and operated stations.
December 31, 1987
NBC Sports has announced a schedule of 16 professional golf tournament telecasts for 1988, starting with the Bob Hope Classic on Jan 23-24. The Senior Skins Game will come up the next weekend, Jan 30-31. February will bring the Hawaiian Open (Feb. 13-14) and the Andy Williams Open (Feb. 20-21). Four tournaments are set for consecutive weekends in March--the Women's Kemper Open, Honda Classic, Bay Hill Classic and Players Championship.
August 20, 1989 | JANE HALL
"Willard, buddy," says Dick Ebersol, smooth and confidential on the phone to "Today" show weatherman Willard Scott. It's still two weeks before Ebersol officially takes over as the NBC executive in charge of "Today," but he's already working the phones from his Rockefeller Center Office. It probably won't be long before "Today" posters are added to the collection of TV posters that he keeps in his office.
Professional basketball has become that rarest of television sports properties, one that can turn a profit for the network carrying it. "We're not going to make a fortune, but we're not going to be at risk," said NBC Sports President Dick Ebersol, whose network concludes the first of a four-year, $600-million contract by covering the Lakers-Chicago Bulls NBA Finals (which open at 12:30 p.m. Sunday on Channels 4, 36 and 39).
September 26, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
NBC Sports Network is facing a flurry of criticism over an episode of the outdoor sports program "Under Wild Skies" in which a National Rifle Assn. strategist shoots and kills an African elephant. In the episode, which aired Sunday night (a highlight reel is posted above), host Tony Makris and a guide stalk an elephant in the Okavango Delta of Botswana -- "a mecca for elephant hunting," according to a narrator. Makris boasts of his "positively lethal" rifle and the .577 ammunition ("made to kill ivory")
August 1, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR on Thursday amended its television-rights pact with Fox Sports so that Fox Sports will show the first 16 Sprint Cup Series races of the season starting in 2015. Fox Sports already was set to carry the first 13 Cup races, as it does now, under an eight-year extension announced last October that was to last through 2022. Then last month, NASCAR announced another deal with NBC Sports -- a 10-year pact from 2015 through 2024 -- for NBC Sports to carry the final 20 races of the 36-race Cup schedule.
July 31, 2013 | By Meg James
Comcast Corp.'s second-quarter profit rose 29% with media company NBCUniversal contributing more to the bottom line than Wall Street analysts had expected. For the quarter ended June 30, the Philadelphia cable giant earned $1.7 billion, or 65 cents a share, up from $1.3 billion in the year-earlier period. Revenue was up 7% to $16.3 billion. NBCUniversal generated 8.9% higher revenue, to nearly $6 billion. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Even the NBC broadcast division, which has been something of a financial laggard, hit some high notes.
July 23, 2013 | By Jim Peltz and Joe Flint
NASCAR said Tuesday it signed a 10-year deal for NBC Sports Group to carry the second half of NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series season, starting in 2015. The multibillion-dollar deal means ESPN, which has the final 17 of the series' 36 annual races, and TNT (Turner Sports), which has six races in the summer, will no longer carry Cup events after next year. NASCAR Chairman Brian France told reporters on a conference call that it was "a very exciting and huge day for the sport of NASCAR.
June 10, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Adam "Pacman" Jones' streak of steering clear of trouble with the law since signing with the Cincinnati Bengals back in 2010 seems to have come to an end. He apparently reported the news of his own arrest Monday morning on Twitter: Just got arrested for protecting myself, I will not let this break me or change what I have work so hard for .... - ADAm Pacman Jones (@REALPACMAN24) June 10, 2013   Mike Florio of NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk reported Monday that Jones would be turning himself in to authorities later in the day after an alleged incident at a bar Thursday following a Cincinnati Reds game.
April 30, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
After an absence of over eight years, Maria Shriver is returning to NBC News. The former first lady of California first rose to prominence as an anchor and correspondent for NBC News from 1986 through 2004, when she stepped down to focus on her political life with her (now estranged) husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, as governor of California. (Shriver and Schwarzenegger are currently separated). The announcement of Shriver's return was made Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show. But it wasn't completely unexpected; Shriver appeared on "Today" last month to contribute to the network's coverage of the selection of the new pope in Rome.
November 29, 2004 | David Kelly and Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writers
A charter jet crashed on takeoff Sunday morning from a small airport north of Telluride, Colo., killing at least two people and injuring NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol, his son Charles and an unidentified person. The pilot and copilot were killed. Another Ebersol son, Teddy, 14, was missing. Police used helicopters to search for him late Sunday. The seat he had occupied also had not been found.
The battle between ABC and NBC to attract college football viewers this season is about as one-sided as the Notre Dame games that NBC is broadcasting for the first time in more than a quarter-century. After three games of a five-year reported $35-million contract, NBC's telecasts are averaging a 4.2 Nielsen rating, which translates to about 3.9 million homes. (Each rating point is equivalent to 921,000 households.) ABC's College Football Assn. telecasts are doing about 50% better: an average 6.
April 26, 2013 | By Jane Engle
Here's a vacation that can keep two generations happy: a stay in California's Napa Valley wine region combined with a daily sports program for teens and pre-teens. The 1,200-acre Silverado Resort & Spa , 50 miles northeast of San Francisco, includes two 18-hole PGA championship golf courses, 13 tennis courts, swimming pools, a spa, a restaurant, an 1870s mansion and more. In the summer, the resort offers a four-day Silverado Golf Tennis Swim Camp for ages 11 to 16, at all skill levels.
April 22, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Sportscaster Al Michaels is scheduled to appear in court June 26 in connection with his arrest in Santa Monica on a DUI allegation. The voice of many of NBC's biggest sports coverage, Michaels was pulled over Friday night after allegedly making an illegal U-turn in front of police. Santa Monica police Sgt.  Richard Lewis  told USA Today: "He makes an illegal U-turn in a business district. ... Two motor officers see that. They're staged in a gas station lot. They see the illegal U-turn, and they go after him. " The officers were staged near a DUI checkpoint, according to police.
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