Dick Ebersol

Television Executive
Born Jul 28, 1947

Duncan "Dick" Ebersol is an American television executive and a senior adviser for NBC Universal Sports & Olympics. He had previously been the chairman of NBC Sports, producing large scale television events such as the Olympic Games and National Football League broadcasts.… Read More

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1947 Birth Born on July 28, 1947.


1967 19 Years Old In 1967, at the age of twenty, Ebersol began 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.


1974 26 Years Old In 1974, he joined NBC as Director of Weekend Late Night Programming.
1975 27 Years Old In 1975 Ebersol and Lorne Michaels conceived and developed Saturday Night Live. … Read More
1976 28 Years Old Ebersol was previously married to former Wheel of Fortune hostess Susan Stafford from 1976 to 1981. … Read More


1981 33 Years Old After a brief departure, he returned to SNL in 1981 as executive producer and remained until 1985, spanning the Eddie Murphy and Billy Crystal eras.
1983 35 Years Old In 1983, Ebersol formed No Sleep Productions, an independent production company that created Emmy Award-winning NBC shows Friday Night Videos and Later with Bob Costas. … Read More
1985 37 Years Old When Ebersol left SNL in 1985, he devoted his time to his production company until rejoining NBC in 1989. … Read More


1989 41 Years Old Ebersol became president of NBC Sports in 1989, and was promoted to Chairman, NBC Sports & Olympics in June 1998.
1992 44 Years Old He served as executive producer for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, his first Olympics since Munich in 1972 for ABC. … Read More
1993 45 Years Old In 1993, he secured the rights to the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics.
1995 47 Years Old In August 1995, he acquired the rights for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. … Read More


2003 55 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2003, Ebersol led NBC to acquire the exclusive U.S. media rights to the 2010 Winter Games and the 2012 Summer Olympics.
2004 56 Years Old He assumed the title as Chairman of NBC Universal Sports & Olympics in May 2004 when NBC and Universal merged. … Read More
2005 57 Years Old In 2005, Ebersol 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 along with Chinese film director Zhang Yimou, who served as the event's creative director.


2009 61 Years Old At the 2009 SportsBusiness Journal awards ceremony, Ebersol won Sports Executive of the Year and NBC Sports won Best in Sports Television. … Read More
2010 62 Years Old In May 2010, Ebersol was the commencement speaker at Sacred Heart University for its graduating class of 2010. … Read More
2011 63 Years Old On May 19, 2011, Dick Ebersol resigned from NBC Sports. … Read More
2014 66 Years Old Ebersol is the 2014 recipient of the Paul White Award, the highest award presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association.
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