POSTED: January 5th 2010

Olympic experience swings it for Blackmun to be new ceo at the USOC

Scott Blackmun: back in a familiar role / lake images
Scott Blackmun: back in a familiar role / lake images

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA, Jan 05: The United States Olympic Committee will be hoping for third time lucky after appointing 52-year-old Scott Blackmun as its third chief executive in 10 months.

Blackmun was acting ceo from November 2000 to October 2001 and then, after being passed over for the permanent position, spent four years as chief operating officer of the AEG sports/entertainment conglomerate. He then returned to Colorado Springs as a partner in the local law firm of Holme, Roberts & Owens.

The new man was preferred by the USOC board ahead of Chuck Wielgus, chief executive of USA Swimming, and is likely to start work before the end of the month. A formal ‘unveiling’ is expected in Colorado Springs on Wednesday.

Blackmun succeeds Stephanie Streeter who shifted from board member to acting ceo after the sudden departure of Jim Scherr last March.

Chicago failure

The turmoil among personnel within the USOC hierarchy was considered one of several contributing factors to Chicago’s humiliating failure to progress beyond the first round of voting last autumn when the International Olympic Committee chose Rio de Janeiro as host of the 2016 summer Games.

Dick Ebersol, chairman of NBC Sports and Olympics, issued a statement welcoming Blackmun’s appointment particularly because of his understanding and experience of IOC politics.

Ebersol said: “[President] Larry Probst and the USOC have worked hard to run a thorough search for stronger leadership. The high caliber of the finalists speaks well for their efforts. As long-term television partners, we at NBC wish good and great things for the USOC and their new ceo, Scott Blackmun.'' 

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