Questioned by Michael Nathanson who analyzes media properties for Wall Street, and who also happens to be Zucker’s brother-in-law, Zucker said, “I think you only need to look at what happened this year. There’s not a more important brand, maybe in all of America, than the NFL.”
Praising NBC Sports and Olympics boss Dick Ebersol, Zucker added “Sunday Night Football the #1 program in all of television. I can’t even begin to tell you how important it is. I shudder to think about NBC without it.”
This is Zucker’s last week on the job as NBCU CEO, where he spent 24 years — his entire professional career. Steve Burke takes over as CEO when Comcast’s deal to acquire a controlling interest in NBCU, closes this Friday.