SBD/Issue 51/Sports Industrialists

Mark Lazarus Leaving CSE To Head Cable Sports For Comcast-NBC

Lazarus Will Oversee
Cable Sports Assets

Mark Lazarus has told colleagues that he will be leaving Atlanta-based CSE to take a high-profile job at the merged Comcast-NBC. Several sources have said that Comcast has tapped the former Turner Sports head to oversee the company's cable sports assets and report to NBC Sports & Olympics Chair Dick Ebersol once the merger gains official government approval. That means Versus President Jamie Davis, Comcast SportsNet President Jon Litner and Golf Channel President Earl Marshall will report to Lazarus. The move frees up NBC Sports President Ken Schanzer to oversee the company's broadcast sports assets, where he would continue to report to Ebersol, sources said (John Ourand, THE DAILY). In N.Y., Bill Carter takes a look at Comcast-NBC's strategy with its new executive lineup, which "confirms the accepted wisdom about the deal: that the cable division was 'clearly the crown jewel asset.'" On the entertainment side, BONNIE HAMMER and LAUREN ZALAZNICK "saw their portfolios expanded," as did Ebersol (N.Y. TIMES, 11/22).

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