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Dick Ebersol Biography

Dick Ebersol whose birth name is Duncan Ebersol is an American television executive and a senior adviser for NBC Universal Sports & Olympics.

He had previously been the chairman of NBC Sports, producing large-scale television events such as the Olympic Games and National Football League (NFL) broadcasts.

Dick Ebersol Age

Dick Ebersol was born in Torrington, Connecticut, United states on  July 28, 1947. He is currently 71 years old as of 2019.

Dick Ebersol Early Life|Education

Ebersol was born in Torrington, Connecticut, the son of Mary and Charles Roberts Ebersol, a former chairman of the American Cancer Society.

He and Josiah Bunting III (is an American educator who has been a military officer, college president, and an author and speaker on education and Western culture)are half brothers. In 1967, at the age of twenty, Ebersol began his long history with the Olympics when he temporarily dropped out of Yale University to join Roone Arledge and ABC Sports as television’s first-ever Olympic researcher.

Dick Ebersol Wife

Dick Ebersol was previously married to former Wheel of Fortune hostess Susan Stafford from 1976 to 1981. They had no children. He has been married to actress Susan Saint James since 1981. They have three children together, Charlie, Willie, and Teddy, who died in a plane crash in 2004. Saint James has two children from a previous marriage.

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Dick Ebersol NBC

Dick Ebersol became president of NBC Sports in 1989 and was promoted to Chairman, NBC Sports & Olympics in June 1998.He served as executive producer for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, his first Olympics since Munich in 1972 for ABC. Ebersol’s early tenure at NBC Sports was highlighted by a string of sports-property acquisitions and renewals, including the NFL, NBA, Notre Dame football and MLB, through the formation of the joint venture Baseball Network.

During the 1995 to 1996 television season, for the only time in history, the World Series, Super Bowl, NBA Finals and Summer Olympics were telecast by the same network. It was following this run in 1996 that The Sporting News named Ebersol the “Most Powerful Person in Sports.” By January 1998, NBC had become the home of four Super Bowls in six years.In 1993, he secured the rights to the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics.

In August 1995, he acquired the rights for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. It marked the first time that rights for consecutive Olympics were awarded at the same time. Later that same year, he spearheaded NBC Sports’ acquisition of the exclusive media rights for the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics, and the 2006 Winter Olympics.

On May 19, 2011, Dick Ebersol  resigned from NBC Sports. The New York Times stated that he intended to stay at NBC through the end of June 2011. It was later reported that Ebersol would return to NBC Sports in time for the beginning of the 2011 NFL season to serve in a senior adviser role.

Dick Ebersol served on the Board of Directors of the Alliance of American Football, a professional American football league co-founded by his son Charlie and Bill Polian. Dick Ebersol and his son were both ousted from the board of directors when Thomas Dundon purchased the league.

Dick Ebersol Awards and Honors

In 2005, Ebersol was inducted into both the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.

In 2008, NBC won the Peabody Award for its coverage of the Beijing Opening Ceremony along with Chinese film director Zhang Yimou, who served as the event’s creative director.At the 2009 SportsBusiness Journal awards ceremony, Ebersol won Sports Executive of the Year and NBC Sports won Best in Sports Television.

On April 27, 2009, the six “Commissioners of American Sport”  Roger Goodell (NFL), David Stern (NBA), Bud Selig (MLB), Gary Bettman (NHL), Tim Finchem (PGA Tour) and Brian France (NASCAR)  were part of a presentation that concluded with Muhammad Ali awarding Ebersol the Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

In May 2010, Ebersol was the commencement speaker at Sacred Heart University for its graduating class of 2010. He was presented with a Doctor of Humane Letters by University President Anthony J. Cernera.

Ebersol is the 2014 recipient of the Paul White Award, the highest award presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association.

Dick Ebersol Net Worth

Dick Ebersol is an American network executive who has a net worth of $50 million. Like many TV executives, he has an impressive net worth, but it hasn’t become without his share of controversy. He began his career behind the camera in 1967, when he became an Olympic-researcher for ABC.

Dick Ebersol Plane Crush

On November 28, 2004, a private charter jet, a Bombardier Challenger CL-600, carrying Ebersol and two of his sons, Charlie and Teddy, crashed during an attempted takeoff from Montrose Regional Airport in Colorado. The jet’s captain, Luis Polanco, flight attendant Warren T. Richardson III, and Teddy Ebersol were killed.

Dick and his older son, Charlie, along with the first officer, survived, though seriously injured. Charlie was thrown clear of the plane and rushed back inside and managed to pull his father to safety.On June 10, 2006, Teddy Ebersol Field was dedicated along the Charles River in Boston.