Ken Schanzer, President of NBC Sports for the past 13 years, announced plans to retire at the end of the summer. His move follows by about a week the departure of Dick Ebersol as Chairman of the NBC Sports Group.
Schanzer has spent three decades at NBC. The company said its management had requested that he stay on through the end of the summer.
“It has been the greatest privilege of my professional career to have contributed to the growth of NBC Sports and to have worked with so many prodigious people,” said Schanzer. “It’s comforting to know that when I leave at the end of the summer, the NBC Sports Group will be in the hands of Mark Lazarus and all the talented people here who have meant so much to me throughout my career.”
Schanzer has led the day-to-day operations of NBC Sports since being named the division’s president in June of 1998.
“Ken, who I have known for 15 years, has been one of the most respected and influential sports-television executives of the past three decades and is a major reason that the NBC Sports Group is so well positioned for the future,” said Mark Lazarus, who succeeded Ebersol as Chairman, NBC Sports Group just a few days ago.