Mark Lazarus was appointed Chairman, NBC Broadcasting & Sports, in September 2016. In addition to continuing to lead the NBC Sports Group and its assets, he has oversight of the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations (28 NBC and Telemundo local television stations), Affiliate Relations and Affiliate Marketing, as well as Network Operations and Broadcast Standards. NBC Sports Group consists of NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN, Golf Channel, NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio, NBC Sports Digital, and two transactional sports businesses, GolfNow and SportsEngine. He reports to Steve Burke, CEO, NBCUniversal.
Lazarus began his term as Chairman, NBC Sports Group, in May 2011. He 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.
Since the beginning of the 2011-12 TV season, only eight primetime shows have averaged 21+ million viewers, all on NBC – Sunday Night Football five times, the 2012 London Summer Games, the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, and the 2016 Rio Summer Games. Also since 2011, NBC’s Sunday Night Football has ranked as the No. 1 show in U.S. household rating and viewership for the entire primetime television season for the five consecutive years (September-May season, based on Nielsen live plus same day data), which puts it in rare company as one of only four TV shows since 1950 to accomplish the feat.
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.