NEW YORK — NBC Sports executive vice president Ken Schanzer has been named president of the division.
The appointment was made by longtime NBC Sports chief Dick Ebersol, who had held the title of president since 1989. Ebersol, who was named chairman of NBC’s newly- hatched Olympics Division in March, will now serve as chairman of NBC Sports as well.
Schanzer will have day-to-day control of NBC Sports programming, engineering, promotion and operations, and will also handle talent and rights negotiations.
He’ll still report to Ebersol, who recently inked a new contract keeping him at NBC through 2004.
Ebersol said he plans to “hold on to day-to-day” supervision of production for NBC Sports through early next year before concentrating fully on preparations for NBC’s broadcast of the 2000 Olympics.
As for Schanzer, “He’s incredibly deserving of this [promotion],” Ebersol said.
Schanzer joined NBC Sports in November 1981 as veepee of talent and program negotiations. He was promoted to executive vice president of the division in June 1983, leaving the network in July 1993 to become president and CEO of The Baseball Network, the short-live broadcasting union of Major League Baseball, ABC and NBC.
Schanzer returned to NBC Sports as executive vice president in November 1995.