Friday October 30th, 2015

HBO Sports president Ken Hershman has resigned, reports Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix.

Hershman, who will vacate his position at the end of the year, decided to resign because he wanted to explore other endeavors, Mannix reports.

As HBO Sports’ president since 2012, Hershman ran the wildly successful boxing programming during his tenure with the company.

“I am particularly proud of what I accomplished and believe now is the perfect time to hand over the reins to someone new,” Hershman said in a release. “I’ve had the distinct privilege of having been involved in many of boxing’s biggest and most thrilling moments, including the Mike Tyson era, creating the Super Six Tournament, and, staging the biggest pay-per-view event of all-time this past May in Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao.

“I have also had the privilege to steward over some of the best sports shows on television, including 24/7, Real Sports and Hard Knocks, and to work with some of the best talent in television, both behind and in front of the camera.”

In 2011, Hershman was selected by HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo to replace Ross Greenburg after having previously served as the executive vice president and general manager at Showtime Sports since 2003.

“Ken’s dedication and commitment to our sports division is deeply appreciated,” Lombardo said in a statement. “His approach to rebuilding our boxing franchise was strategic and creative which led HBO Sports to great success. All of us here are grateful and proud of the success Ken and the HBO Sports team have had over the past four years in delivering unparalleled sports programming to our subscribers. We wish him all the best in his next challenge.”

While HBO Sports has not yet named Hershman’s successor, vice president of programming Peter Nelson is likely a candidate to replace him.

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