Dick Ebersol resigns as head of NBC Sports

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  1. King Woodballs

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    Not to de-rail this but

    BreakingNews Breaking News
    NBC Sports chief Dick Ebersol has resigned, a person with knowledge of decision tells AP
     
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    Well that's pretty interesting. After 22 years, pretty sudden.
     
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    Just heard on Outside The Lines. Link when I find it.
     
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    Well this is an interesting turn of events.
     
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    Bettman was indicating that Ebersol was one of the reasons they liked the deal they completed.
     
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    Thoughts on Dick Ebersol’s Tenure At NBC Sports

    http://fangsbites.com/2011/05/thoughts-on-dick-ebersols-tenure-at-nbc-sports/

     
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    So, what exactly does this mean for the NHL on NBC and the new deal they signed, if anything?
     
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    I was wondering the same thing.
     
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    That he told NBC he was going to resign and they told him to see the deal through first.
     
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    Things that I can't help but fault Dick Ebersol over during his tenure overseeing NBC Sports:
    *The dated process of airing taped delayed Olympic broadcasts even when they took place in North America (i.e. 1996 in Atlanta, 2002 in Salt Lake, and 2010 in Vancouver). Also, Ebersol felt (taking things a step further perhaps from his mentor Roone Arledge) that the Olympic coverage had to be like a soap opera.

    *Being slow and reluctant to adapt the the now modern technological practices of networks using on screen digital scoring boards.

    *The 1992 Summer Olympic PPV Triplecast.

    *The 1994-95 Major League Baseball Network joint venture, which regionally broadcast the first two rounds of the playoffs at the same time.

    *Letting the NFL, Major League Baseball, and NBA go in 1997, 2000, and 2001-02 respectively (while at the same token, overpaying for the Olympics). NBC under GE and Ebersol pretty much employed a "buy low, sell high" mentality in regards to their sports acquisitions. Ebersol also seemed to lose faith in MLB and the NBA when the strike hit in 1994 and Michael Jordan retired for the second time (in 1998).

    *The XFL (of course, you can't do a list like this without bringing this up).

    *The "Jane Pauley is replaced by Debroah Norville" debacle on The Today Show. It wasn't until Katie Couric came onboard that Today recovered.

    *Hiring O.J. Simpson in 1989 shortly after the Juice was arrested for beating his wife.

    *Hiring Earvin "Magic" Johnson to do NBA telecasts. Bill Simmons said it best when he compared putting Magic in the same booth with Marv Albert and Mike Fratello would be like if Nipsy Russell was paired up with Pat Summerall and John Madden.
     

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