NBC Sports veteran Dick Ebersol is quickly putting his stamp on Comcast’s sports properties, reports our friend Rich Sandomir in The New York Times’ Media Decoder blog.
NBC executives with ties to Ebersol are taking on new roles at the Comcast properties, while some officials at Versus have lost their jobs, the story notes.
Mike McCarley, senior vice president of strategic marketing at NBC Sports, was tapped to run the Golf Channel, while Ebersol appointed a three-man group at Versus, the story says. They are Jon Litner, who will continue to run Comcast’s regional sports networks; as executive producer, Sam Flood, who keeps the same role at NBC Sports, and as president of programming, Jon Miller, who was promoted to the same job title at NBC Sports, the article says.
Jamie Davis lost his job as Versus president, but will work with Mark Lazarus, who was named president of the NBC Sports Cable Group, to oversee the Golf Channel, Versus and the regional sports networks, the story says.
It adds that others dismissed at Versus include executive producer Leon Schweir; Mike Baker, the coordinating producer for N.H.L. games; and Neal Scarborough, Versus’s vice president of digital media.
“Our great strength is the programming, production, marketing and relationship orientation of NBC Sports,” Ebersol said after the changes were announced, according to the story.