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President of NBC Sports since April 1989, Ebersol began his career in broadcasting with ABC, for whom he did research on the 1968 winter and summer Olympics. He later worked with Roone Arledge and helped develop sports programming for ABC, producing many NCAA college football telecasts as well as installments of the network's long-running "Wide World of Sports". He was also involved with ABC's successful broadcast of the 1972 Olympics in Munich.
Moving to NBC in 1974, Ebersol achieved executive status at a healthy young age after coming up with "Saturday Night Live" with independent producer Lorne Michaels. Ebersol was hard-pressed to top this show's heady combination of comic innovation, controversy and audience faithfulness, and, after a stint as head of NBC's event specials, variety and comedy departments, returned to "Saturday Night Live" during the early 1980s, when Eddie Murphy and Billy Crystal reigned supreme. Ebersol has, however, helped to launch such light and popular perennials as "Friday Night Videos", "Later with Bob Costas" and "Saturday Night's Main Event". As top dog at NBC Sports, he also snagged the broadcast rights to the NBA and Notre Dame football and helped the network garner excellent ratings for its coverage of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Ebersol was formerly married to TV hostess Susan Stafford (1976-78) and since 1981 has been married to actress Susan Saint James.