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But McMahon had a partner in the short-lived football league, and nobody ever seems to mention Dick Ebersol. McMahon may have been the voice behind the XFL, but Ebersol has been behind some of the biggest projects in television during his legendary career. Ebersol, who was born and raised in Connecticut, started working in television for ABC Sports when he was 20 years old.
Ebersol, who was also responsible for the establishment of "Sunday Night Football," resigned Thursday in a contract dispute with his new bosses at Comcast. The sudden departure came after Ebersol had been given a promotion when Comcast took over NBC Universal earlier this year. He appeared Monday at an NBC presentation for advertisers in New York, tossing footballs from the stage and talking about its coverage of the Summer Olympics from London next year.
It became the first sports series in history to be a Top 10 show since its inception. InSNF became the first sport series ever to be the most watched prime-time show for an entire television season which began a record, and still active, run of eight consecutive years of earning that distinction. In all, Ebersol led the production of six Super Bowls and eight Olympic Games and was involved in an additional four Olympics. Three of the broadcasts were milestone television events at the time when the Beijing Olympic Games in became the most watched event in U.
In his six-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, Dick Ebersol talks about his career in both sports and entertainment programming. He discusses his early work in sports programming at ABC -- before, during and after his time at Yale University -- and shares tales of his involvement with the Winter and Summer Olympics. Ebersol then describes his shift into entertainment programming and becoming co-creator of Saturday Night Live with Lorne Michaels.
After a brief departure, he returned to SNL in as executive producer and remained untilspanning the Eddie Murphy and Billy Crystal eras. Inhe secured the rights to the Atlanta Summer Olympics. It marked the first time that rights for consecutive Olympics were awarded at the same time.
New York Times readers are begging the New York Times to stop posting Olympics results on their front pagebecause they just want to get news about Pakistan without having their TV evening ruined by sports spoilers. Too bad! He said NBC "has made a business decision to show the highlights on a taped basis.
We were fortunate enough to receive a scalding take down of Dick Ebersol from a former NBC Sports employee who took "great offense" when his ex-boss called Conan O'Brien an "astounding failure. By now, everyone's heard about Dick Ebersol's blistering critique of embattled late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien. From high atop his 30 Rock tower perch, Ebersol said it was "chicken-hearted and gutless" of O'Brien to blame "a guy he couldn't beat in the ratings," and characterized the situation as "an astounding failure by Conan.
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Rescuers were still searching for Ebersol's younger son, whose seat was missing from the smoldering ruins. The seat charter jet with six people on board crashed Sunday morning at Montrose Regional Airport in southwest Colorado, not far from the Telluride Ski Area. A heavy snowstorm had lightened up before the plane prepared to depart for South Bend, Ind.