One of the biggest behind-the-scenes names at NBC is reportedly getting a promotion.

Since 2011, Lazarus has been in charge of all NBC Sports properties, on TV, online and on the radio, while managing partnerships and rights deals with the Olympics, the NFL and more.

Lazarus’ promotion comes after Chairman of NBC Broadcasting Ted Harbert decided to leave the company. Harbert’s former responsibilities will be split among several executives, led by Lazarus, who will continue to lead NBC Sports.

Via Deadline, here’s a portion of the memo NBCUniversal president and CEO Steve Burke sent out to the company:

Mark has had a major impact on NBC Sports and NBCUniversal since joining the company in 2011. Mark and his team have a winning culture and the quality of NBC Sports’ coverage is unsurpassed, from the Olympics and Sunday Night Football to the Premier League, Golf, NHL and NASCAR. Mark’s energy, intelligence and character will be great assets to NBC Broadcasting, as they have been at NBC Sports.

We’ll see what Lazarus’ promotion means for sports coverage at NBC. It stands to reason that more responsibilities for the company’s lead sports executive would lead to more support for the sports division, but you never know.


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