VERSUS President Jamie Davis Out As Part of NBC Sports Changes

From John Ourand of Sports Business Daily :

The new-look NBC Sports Group will begin to take shape tomorrow, and it will have a decidedly NBC Sports look. NBC is expected to put out a release Wednesday detailing some of the changes it is making, according to several sources. Spokespeople for NBC and Versus did not return phone calls for comment, but sources said that Jamie Davis has been told that he will be leaving Versus after a two-and-a-half-year stint as President.

It is not known where Davis will land or if he will take another job within Comcast. But Davis, who joined the channel in September ’08 after a stint as ESPN Star Sports Managing Dir, is well-liked by Comcast brass. It is believed that Davis’ responsibilities will be shared by NBC’s coordinating producer Sam Flood (production) and Exec VP Jon Miller (programming). Sources say Jon Litner, who will remain Comcast SportsNet President, also will assume some responsibility at Versus.

Davis was integral in growing the network, and Ourand notes that VERSUS posted a record $60 million in revenue, but NBC clearly wanted something new. If Sam Flood, who runs NBC’s hockey coverage, has a key role in running VERSUS, hockey fans will find it rewarding.


6 Responses to VERSUS President Jamie Davis Out As Part of NBC Sports Changes

  1. Arthur says:

    Why do you kiss Sam Flood’s ass so much? Looking for a job?
    NBC’s NHL production coverage is awful. Tell me differently and you know nothing about actual television directing and producing.

  2. stevelepore says:

    I’m not saying NBC’s NHL production is terrific, but it is good to have hockey people in more positions of power.

  3. Arthur says:

    What makes one a “hockey person?”

  4. stevelepore says:

    Having played the game at a collegiate level and producing the sport’s national telecasts for six years seems like a fair resume.

    Look, I’m not even here to argue you, because this was posted before Mike Baker was terminated. I’m less than thrilled with finding out that Flood’s taking his job.

  5. Arthur says:

    I’m not here to argue with you either. I’m a little more informed on this and other subjects than you are.
    So, what you are saying is that because Sam Flood has produced maybe 30-40 games in 6 years he is in better position than the people at Versus (all free lancers) who have produced 10 times that many games in the last 10-15 years?

  6. stevelepore says:

    Well, that’s what I’m saying, I thought Flood’s position was going to be more advisory than just running the whole VERSUS NHL production. I’m not thrilled with VERSUS hockey people being outright replaced by NBC hockey people. If I’d have known that Mike Baker was going to get fired, someone who turned VERSUS hockey coverage to a very solid production (and a better one than NBC’s), I wouldn’t have said that.

    I want to hear all NBC’s decisions regarding VERSUS (name change, and of course if they actually keep the TV deal) before I make a blanket statement on all of this. But Flood outright replacing Baker is not something I’m a fan of.

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