NBC Sports Group president Pete Bevacqua has been given oversight of the entire NBC Sports division, effective immediately.
Bevacqua, among other things, will have oversight of NBC Olympics, which had been run by Jim Bell, who is now showrunner of Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show.” Bevacqua also gains control of production and operations.
Mark Lazarus, who has run NBC’s sports operations since 2011, last month added oversight of NBCUniversal’s East Coast-based content businesses, including NBC News Group, CNBC and the Cable Entertainment portfolio, as part of an executive shakeup. He assumed the cable portfolio from Bonnie Hammer, who is now running NBCU’s direct-to-consumer business, including its forthcoming streaming service in 2020.
“Pete’s impact to NBC Sports and to our Company in general has been significant and immediate,” said Lazarus. “He is a proven leader in the sports industry, and complements our talented team.”
Bevacqua joined the company as president of NBC Sports Group last September and he’ll continue to report to Lazarus. Before joining NBC, Bevacqua was CEO of the PGA of America from 2012 to 2018.
“Since joining the organization last year, it has become readily apparent why NBC Sports is the gold standard in sports media,” Bevacqua said. “I’m excited to keep working closely with Mark and this great team to provide continuity and growth to this exceptional business.”