Mark Lazarus was named Chairman, NBC Sports Group on May 19, 2011, and oversees NBC Sports Group’s portfolio of multi-platform assets.
NBC Sports Group was formed upon the closing of Comcast and General Electric’s joint venture that merged the assets of NBCUniversal and Comcast. NBC Sports Group consists of NBC Sports, NBC Sports Network, Golf Channel, NBC Olympics, 11 NBC Sports Regional Networks, two regional news networks, NBC Sports Radio and NBCSports.com.
As the leader of the NBC Sports Group, 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, USGA, PGA of America, Notre Dame, Churchill Downs, IndyCar, Formula 1, Premier League, MLS and many more. Lazarus was integral in NBCUniversal’s acquisition of media rights to four Olympic Games (2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020), its nine-year NFL agreement and its 10-year agreement with the NHL. Under Lazarus’ leadership, Sunday Night Football became the most-watched primetime show for the 2011-12 television season, the first time ever for a sports series; Super Bowl XLVI between the Giants and the Patriots became the most-watched program in U.S. television history; and the 2012 London Olympic Games became the most-watched event in U.S. television history, with more than 217 million viewers.
Since being named Chairman of NBC Sports Group, Lazarus was named Broadcasting & Cable’s “2012 Sports TV Exec of the Year,” and was ranked on Sports Business Journal’s “Most Influential” and Sports Illustrated’s “Most Powerful People in Sports Media.”
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 the 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 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. Lazarus also headed Turner Sports as part of his management responsibilities.
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.