NBC Sports Centralizes Businesses Under David Preschlack
In a move to centralize its businesses under one exec, NBC Sports Group will have Exec VP/Content Strategy DAVID PRESCHLACK oversee NBC Sports, Olympics and golf scheduling, planning and rights management. Preschlack, who also carries the title of President of Regional Networks, will continue to report to NBC Sports Group President PETE BEVACQUA. “One of our priorities is to remain competitive by utilizing our collective assets,” Bevacqua wrote in a memo sent to NBC Sports Group employees this morning. Preschlack will continue “leading various media rights negotiations, the NBC Sports Regional Networks, the division’s sports betting strategy, as well as our esports and audio businesses.” As part of the move, JON MILLER will report directly to Bevacqua and will “assist the entire leadership team on acquisitions, development and programming matters where appropriate, while continuing to be involved in various NBC Sports properties and owned properties." The new structure will see longtime Golf Channel exec TOM KNAPP become Exec VP/NBC Sports Programming reporting to Preschlack. Two Senior VPs/Programming & Rights Management, WENDY BASS and JUSTIN BYCZEK, will report to Knapp.
PETER DIAMOND TO RETIRE: On the Olympics front, Bevacqua’s memo says that Exec VP/Olympic Programming PETER DIAMOND will retire following the Tokyo Games, his 19th Olympic assignment. Back in February '19, SBJ's Ben Fischer cited sources in reporting that Diamond would retire after Tokyo, but this is NBC’s first acknowledgement of it. NBC Exec Producer and President of NBC Olympics Production MOLLY SOLOMON “will continue to lead the Olympic production team in setting and planning the scheduling of our event coverage during the Olympics,” Bevacqua wrote.