During his tenure, Ebersol helped bring in the Ryder Cup, the U.S. Open and several major Champions Tour events. He also brokered a deal that involved ESPN getting a piece of the Ryder Cup in which NBC got Al Michaels in exchange for a long-forgotten Walt Disney creation, Oswald the Rabbit. (Here's the whole bizarre story.) NBC has broadcast the Ryder Cup since 1991 and the U.S. Open since 1995.
Ebersol's departure adds uncertainty to the role of the Golf Channel in the NBC/Comcast mix, as well as NBC's plans to bid on PGA Tour tournaments and other events. Our pals over at Fourth-Place Medal have a eulogy/wake/roast for Ebersol's NBC career, focusing heavily on his Olympics legacy. Check that out for some more perspective.
- Dick Ebersol
- NBC Sports
- the Golf Channel