Executive: NBC Sports

Sports have been viewed as spectacle for centuries. Dick Ebersol's contribution to sports on television has been to harness the human desire for story in sport in new and interesting ways.

Ebersol will be remembered for his dedication to quality Olympic and Super Bowl broadcasts. Even today, broadcasts of both events bear Ebersol's mark. Numerous lesser-known innovations mark Ebersol's storied career in sports, including the creation of an all-baseball channel and broadcasting sporting events across multiple channels for more exhaustive coverage. The sophistication and pageantry associated with modern sports broadcasts is largely thanks to Ebersol's vision, which will continue to influence major league athletics of all sorts for years to come.