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Mark Lazarus was named Chairman, NBC Sports Group on May 19, 2011, and oversees the NBC Sports Group’s portfolio of multi-platform assets.
The NBC Sports Group consists of an impressive portfolio of broadcast, cable, regional and digital sports assets, and was formed upon the closing of Comcast and General Electric’s joint venture that merged the assets of NBCUniversal and Comcast. The newly-formed NBC Sports Group now consists of NBC Sports & Olympics, Golf Channel, NBC Sports Network, 11 NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and their respective digital assets.
As the leader of the NBC Sports Group, Lazarus manages partnerships with many of the most-prestigious properties in sports, including the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, PGA TOUR, USGA, PGA of America, Notre Dame, Churchill Downs, MLS and many more. Lazarus was integral in NBCUniversal’s recent acquisition of media rights to four Olympic Games (2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020), its new nine-year NFL agreement and its recent 10-year agreement with the NHL. With Lazarus’ guidance last season, Sunday Night Football was the most-watched and highest-rated primetime show for the 2011-12 television season, the first time ever for a sports series; Super Bowl XLVI became the most-watched program in U.S. television history; and the London Olympic Games was the most-watched event in U.S. television history, with more than 217 million viewers.
Since being named Chairman of NBC Sports Group, Lazarus was named Broadcasting & Cable’s “2012 Sports TV Exec of the Year,” and was ranked on Sports Business Journal’s “Most Influential” and Sports Illustrated’s “Most Powerful People in Sports Media.”
Prior to being named Chairman, Lazarus was responsible for all NBC Sports Group cable assets as President, NBC Sports Cable Group. He served as president of Media and Marketing for CSE prior to his roles at the NBC Sports Group and led the agency’s sports and entertainment Media and Marketing divisions.
Lazarus was president of Turner Entertainment Group prior to joining CSE. In this capacity, he oversaw all aspects of Turner Entertainment Networks, which included TBS, Turner Network Television (TNT), Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and truTV; as well as, The Turner Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media unit, which includes Cartoon Network, Cartoon Network Studios, Adult Swim and Boomerang.
A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Lazarus is on the Board of Governors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and serves on the board of directors for the East Lake Foundation, the PATH Foundation, and Compass Diversified Holdings.