It was reported Friday that Ross Greenburg, the longtime head of HBO Sports, was getting shoved out slash retiring. It was confirmed yesterday (with Greenburg basically calling media members to say he retired; he took shots at the boxing press, too). Everyone’s saying Greenburg got the boot because Showtime had eclipsed HBO as a boxing destination (see Manny Pacquiao). So who might HBO get to replace Greenburg? Probably somebody who’s tight with Bob Arum, he CEO of Top Rank. Here are five guesses:
Dick Ebersol: Former Chairman of NBC Universal Sports & Olympics. Biggest name on this list with a history of putting on big-time events (Olympics, Super Bowl). Resigned from NBC in May, but would he be interested?
Rick Bernstein: If they’re looking to promote from within, he might be the guy. Richard Sandomir of the Times floated his name yesterday.