After the shocking exit of NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol last week, a not-so-shocking aftershock: His loyal deputy, NBC Sports president Ken Schanzer, today announced he is retiring after 30 years at NBC. He will stay through the summer, a crucial period for securing rights to the 2014 and 2016 Olympics, whose bids are due soon.
Just a week after Dick Ebersol exited his post as chairman of NBC Sports Group, his longtime No. 2 executive is also expected to be heading out the door, people close to the situation said. Ken Schanzer, 66, president of NBC Sports since 1998 and a 30-year veteran of the network, probably will announce his retirement within the next few weeks.