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Ebersol a true pioneer in TV sports

Updated: November 29, 2004, 9:19 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Dick Ebersol's passion for the Olympics began as a researcher in the 1960s and led him to help NBC lock up the U.S. TV rights through the 2012 Games.

Now the chairman of NBC Sports, Ebersol shapes the way millions of Americans watch the Olympics and influences the way the International Olympic Committee stages them.

"He's kind of 'Mr. Olympics,' there's no doubt about that," Fox Sports chairman David Hill said.

On Sunday, Ebersol and one of his sons survived a charter ...

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