It will take years to assess the full effect of NBC's acquisition. But one immediate effect is that Ebersol has established himself as the most influential executive in the industry since Arledge. Unlike Arledge, however, it appears Ebersol will remain in the sports division. He has already had his adventures in entertainment and news, and he says, "I've finally figured out what I want to do in life." In 2008 Ebersol will be 61. He doesn't know where the Games will be that summer, but he knows he'll be there. "It's a neat bow of closure," he says. "As long as I'm a grown-up in this business, we'll have the Olympics."
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