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Ebersol, who was also responsible for the establishment of "Sunday Night Football," resigned Thursday in a contract dispute with his new bosses at Comcast. The sudden departure came after Ebersol had been given a promotion when Comcast took over NBC Universal earlier this year. He appeared Monday at an NBC presentation for advertisers in New York, tossing footballs from the stage and talking about its coverage of the Summer Olympics from London next year. Ebersol, who is married to actress Susan Saint James, survived a plane crash that killed their teenage son in He has had a profound effect on what the nation has watched on television since the s -- and his exit could portend big changes in the TV landscape in the next decade.
Costas, Michaels, top network and league execs heap praise on Dick Ebersol, HOF Rozelle awardee
Rescuers were still searching for Ebersol's younger son, whose seat was missing from the smoldering ruins. The seat charter jet with six people on board crashed Sunday morning at Montrose Regional Airport in southwest Colorado, not far from the Telluride Ski Area. A heavy snowstorm had lightened up before the plane prepared to depart for South Bend, Ind.
Dick Ebersol truly recognized the unparalleled impact of sports and the dramatic nature of big events. He brought tremendous creativity to his work and through a focus on storytelling, his team built global interest in the sports, events and athletes they covered. Dick was both a very successful executive, AND a hands on producer. His influence can still be seen and felt as his disciples are everywhere.