SBD/February 2, 2011/People and Pop Culture

Lazarus Named NBC Sports Cable Group Head; Litner Replaces Davis As Versus Prez

NBC Sports Group Chair DICK EBERSOL today officially announced the executive leadership team of the newly formed group. KEN SCHANZER will continue in his role as NBC Sports President, and he becomes the lead negotiator for all NBC Sports Group partnership agreements. GARY ZENKEL remains NBC Sports President & Exec VP/Strategic Partnerships. Former Turner Entertainment Group President MARK LAZARUS has been named President of NBC Sports Cable Group, reporting to Ebersol. He will oversee Golf Channel, Versus and Comcast's 11 RSNs. Comcast Sports Group President JON LITNER has been promoted to President of Versus and SportsNet, reporting to Lazarus. Litner will continue to be based at Comcast's HQs in Philadelphia. NBC Sports Senior VP/Strategic Marketing, Promotion & Communications MIKE MCCARLEY has been promoted to President of Golf Channel, reporting to Lazarus. He will relocate to Golf Channel's studios in Orlando. NBC Sports Exec VP JON MILLER has been promoted to President of Programming for NBC Sports and Versus, reporting to Lazarus. Former Versus President JAMIE DAVIS will continue to work with Lazarus on strategy and planning for the NBC Sports Group as he assesses potential roles within the Comcast family. SAM FLOOD has been promoted to Exec Producer for NBC Sports and Versus (NBC Sports Group). It is not known where Davis will land or if he will take another job within Comcast. But Davis, who joined the channel in September '08 after a stint as ESPN Star Sports Managing Dir, is well-liked by Comcast's brass. Meanwhile, McCarley, who has run communications and marketing for NBC Universal Sports & Olympics, has been with NBC since the late '90s. PAGE THOMPSON left Golf Channel in September, stepping down after a three-year run as President. Both Versus and Golf Channel posted record revenues in '10, a growth trend that was expected to continue this year. Versus posted $60M in revenue in '10; and Golf Channel brought in $100M in revenue in '10, sources said (John Ourand, THE DAILY).
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