NEW YORK (AP) — The way American television viewers experience the Olympics is largely the vision of producer Dick Ebersol, and this summer’s London Games will be the first in two decades on NBC without the veteran executive running the show.
He won’t be forgotten, given the loyalties of NBC Sports brass, and isn’t really gone — NBC employs him as an adviser. But London will test the abilities of a new team for the company that owns Olympics TV rights through 2020.
Ebersol, 65, unexpectedly quit as NBC Sports chairman last year when negotiations for a new contract broke down. Best known to many outside the industry as actress Susan St. James’ husband and for being injured in a 2004 plane crash that killed his son, Ebersol broke into TV in 1967 as an Olympics researcher for ABC, working for the legendary producer Roone Arledge.