FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 24th, 2020
PETE BEVACQUA NAMED CHAIRMAN, NBC SPORTS GROUP
STAMFORD, Conn. – September 24, 2020 – Pete Bevacqua has been promoted to Chairman, NBC Sports Group, it was announced today by Mark Lazarus, Chairman NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. Bevacqua becomes the third Chairman in the history of NBC Sports, following Lazarus, who succeeded Dick Ebersol as NBC Sports Chairman in 2011.
“In his time with NBC Sports, Pete has been exceptional working with our league and organizational partners, as well as in collaboration with other NBCUniversal leaders to strengthen our sports production and overall business in a challenging environment,” Lazarus said.
In June, Bevacqua and his team re-acquired complete U.S. media rights for all United States Golf Association championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, through 2026.
Last spring, Bevacqua was part of the NBCUniversal team which completed a pair of major agreements. In early March, he led a nine-year extension of the company’s PGA TOUR rights, ensuring NBC Sports Group will continue to present unparalleled live tournament coverage, comprehensive news and high-quality content across broadcast, cable, streaming and digital properties. In late March, the NFL announced that NBCUniversal acquired the rights to a new Sunday night Wild Card playoff game, which will be presented live across NBC, Telemundo, and Peacock in January 2021.
Most recently, NBCUniversal announced a multi-year partnership with PointsBet, making PointsBet the official sports betting partner of NBC Sports.
Bevacqua joined NBCUniversal in September 2018 as President, NBC Sports Group, overseeing programming, marketing, digital, the NBC Sports Regional Networks, and all Golf businesses. In February 2019, Bevacqua assumed oversight of the entire sports division.
Prior to joining NBC Sports Group, Bevacqua served as CEO of the PGA of America from 2012-2018. Previously, Bevacqua served as Global Head of Golf at Creative Artists Agency (CAA Sports); Chief Business Officer for the USGA; and Managing Director of the U.S. Open Championship.
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