Dick Ebersol Biography – Dick Ebersol Wiki
Dick Ebersol is an American television executive and a senior adviser for NBC Universal Sports & Olympics. Previously, he had been the chairman of NBC Sports, producing large-scale television events such as the Olympic Games and National Football League broadcasts. In 1967, at 20, he started his long history with the Olympics when he temporarily dropped out of Yale University to join Roone Arledge and ABC Sports as television’s first-ever Olympic researcher. In 1974, he joined NBC as Director of Weekend Late Night Programming. In 1975 he and Lorne Michaels came up and developed Saturday Night Live. At 28, he became NBC’s first vice president under the age of 30. After a short departure, he returned to SNL in 1981 as executive producer and remained until 1985, spanning the Eddie Murphy and Billy Crystal eras.
In 1983, he began No Sleep Productions, an independent production company that created Emmy Award-winning NBC shows Friday Night Videos and Later with Bob Costas. Working with Vince McMahon, he produced Saturday Night’s Main Event. When he left SNL in 1985, he devoted his time to his production company until rejoining NBC in 1989. He served as senior vice president of NBC News. He became president of NBC Sports in 1989 and was promoted to Chairman, NBC Sports & Olympics in June 1998. He served as executive producer for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, his first Olympics since Munich in 1972 for ABC. His early tenure at NBC Sports was highlighted by a string of sports-property acquisitions and renewals, including the NFL, NBA, Notre Dame football, and MLB, through the formation of the joint-venture Baseball Network.
During the 1995–96 television season, for the only time in history, the World Series, Super Bowl, NBA Finals, and Summer Olympics were telecast by the same network. It was following this run in 1996 that The Sporting News named him the “Most Powerful Person in Sports.” As of January 1998, NBC had become the home of four Super Bowls in six years. In 1993, he secured the rights to the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. In August 1995, he acquired the rights for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. It marked the first time that rights for consecutive Olympics were awarded at the same time. Later in that year, he spearheaded NBC Sports’ acquisition of the exclusive media rights for the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2006 Winter Olympics.
The agreements marked the first time that the same network had been awarded the rights to five consecutive Olympics. In 2003, he led NBC to acquire the exclusive U.S. media rights to the 2010 Winter Games and the 2012 Summer Olympics. In December 2003, he agreed to a nine-year contract to continue running NBC Sports & Olympics through 2012. He assumed the title of Chairman of NBC Universal Sports & Olympics in May 2004 when NBC and Universal merged.
He produced: the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games in 2010, Super Bowl XLIII in February 2009 produced, at the time, the largest single audience in U.S. television history with a record 152 million viewers. On May 19, 2011, he resigned from NBC Sports. The New York Times stated that he intended to stay at NBC through the end of June 2011. It was later reported that Ebersol would return to NBC Sports in time for the beginning of the 2011 NFL season to serve in a senior adviser role. He has served at Alliance of American Football.
He has been presented with several awards and honors including the Most Powerful Person in Sports, the Olympic Order, an honor periodically bestowed by the International Olympic Committee to recognize remarkable contributions to the Olympic Movement. In 2005, he was inducted into both the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. In 2008, NBC won the Peabody Award for its coverage of the Beijing Opening Ceremony. At the 2009 SportsBusiness Journal awards ceremony, he won Sports Executive of the Year and NBC Sports won Best in Sports Television. On April 27, 2009, the six “Commissioners of American Sport” – Roger Goodell (NFL), David Stern (NBA), Bud Selig (MLB), Gary Bettman (NHL), Tim Finchem (PGA Tour) and Brian France (NASCAR) – were part of a presentation that concluded with Muhammad Ali awarding him the Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. In May 2010, he was the commencement speaker at Sacred Heart University for its graduating class of 2010. He was presented with a Doctor of Humane Letters by University President Anthony J. Cernera. In 2014, he received the Paul White Award, the highest award presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association.
Dick Ebersol Age
He was born Duncan “Dick” Ebersol on July 28, 1947, in Torrington, Connecticut, United States.
Dick Ebersol Wife
He was previously married to former Wheel of Fortune hostess Susan Stafford from 1976 to 1981 and had no children. He has been married to actress Susan Saint James since 1981. They have three sons together, Charlie, Willie, and Teddy, who died in a plane crash in 2004. His wife Saint James has two children from a previous marriage.
Dick Ebersol Children
With his wife, they have three children called Charlie Ebersol, Willie Ebersol, and Edward Ebersol who was killed in a charter plane crash on 28 November 2004, in Colorado, United States. Charlie and his father managed to survive in the same accident.
Dick Ebersol Family
He was born in Torrington, Connecticut, the son of Mary Ebersol and Charles Roberts Ebersol who was a former chairman of the American Cancer Society. He and Josiah Bunting III are half-brothers.
Dick Ebersol Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $50 million.