On the heels of Dick Ebersol’s exit, Ken Schanzer is stepping down as president of NBC Sports.
Move comes a week after the Peacock’s longtime sports topper Ebersol announced his exit after being unable to reach a deal with the new regime at NBCUniversal. Schanzer, 66, has long contemplated retirement and the transition gives him an opportune time to step away.
“For those of you who’ve heard this before, this time it’s for real,” Schanzer wrote in an email to his NBC colleagues.
According to insiders, his ankling was not because of any dissatisfaction in not getting Ebersol’s old position as chairman of the NBC Sports Group. NBC wasted no time in settling in on Mark Lazarus to fill that role.
Schanzer has been at NBC for three decades, the last 13 as president of the sports division. Helping with the transition from Ebersol to Lazarus, he will stay on through the end of 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.
Schanzer, who does not partake in Olympic negotiations, was part of the NBC team that worked with the NHL in reupping with the league for a new 10-year pact. He is also active in the current talks to get Wimbledon and the PGA Tour to renew their pacts with NBC, and would like to see those deals finalized before he steps away.
Other deals Schanzer has made during his Peacock tenure include broadcast agreements with the NFL, Notre Dame football and horse racing’s Triple Crown.