NBC Sports Group
Mark Lazarus was named Chairman, NBC Sports Group on May 19, 2011, and oversees NBC Sports Group’s multi-platform portfolio of assets.
NBC Sports Group consists of NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN, Golf Channel (including Golf Now), NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and NBC Sports Digital, which includes NBCSports.com, NBCOlympics.com, GolfChannel.com, the digital assets of the NBC Sports Regional Networks, Rotoworld and the NBC Sports Talk franchise.
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, The R&A, PGA of America, Premier League, Notre Dame, Churchill Downs and many more. Lazarus was integral in NBCUniversal’s 2014 acquisition of media rights to six Olympic Games, ensuring NBCUniversal is the U.S. home of the Olympics through 2032; its landmark 10-year agreement with NASCAR which began in 2015; its nine-year NFL agreement; and its 10-year agreement with the NHL. In addition, he recently led the acquisition of “Thursday Night Football,” making NBC the only network with two primetime NFL packages.
Among the highlights of Lazarus’ leadership, “Sunday Night Football” became the most-watched and highest-rated primetime show for four consecutive September-May television seasons (2011-15), and is on pace for a fifth consecutive #1 finish, an accomplishment only three other U.S. primetime TV shows can claim since 1950; Super Bowl XLIX, the thrilling four-point New England Patriots victory over the Seattle Seahawks, is the most-watched show in U.S. TV history with an average of 114.4 million viewers; ; the 2012 London Olympic Games were the most-watched event in U.S. television history, with more than 217 million viewers; and the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games won 18 consecutive nights in primetime, a first for a Winter Olympics.
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 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 Turner Sports, TBS, Turner Network Television (TNT), Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and truTV; as well as The Turner Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media unit, including Cartoon Network, Cartoon Network Studios, Adult Swim and Boomerang. Previously, he served as President of Turner Sports from 1999 to 2003.
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 and Compass Diversified Holdings.