Ken Hershman Quits HBO Sports

By Robert Ecksel on October 30, 2015
Ken Hershman Quits HBO Sports
He is reportedly leaving HBO at the end of the year to explore nebulous “other endeavors.”

It’s logical to assume he’s partnering with Premier Boxing Champions and Al Haymon, who looks like the player’s player…

According to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, Ken Hershman has resigned as President of HBO Sports.

After his lengthy tenure (which began in 2003) as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Showtime Sports, where he turned their boxing programming from an also-ran into the leader of the pack, followed by his ballyhooed hiring by HBO, there’s much speculation but little mystery where Hershman goes from here.

He is reportedly leaving HBO at the end of the year to explore nebulous “other endeavors.” Unless he’s moving laterally or down in the boxing world, which seems unlikely, or was unceremoniously forced out, which is what happened to his predecessor Ross Greenberg, it’s logical to assume he’s partnering with Premier Boxing Champions and Al Haymon, who looks like the player’s player these days.

Although SI describes Hershman as having run the “wildly successful boxing programming” during his tenure, that may be nothing more than “wildly successful” hyperbole.

The loss of Floyd Mayweather to Showtime may have been insurmountable, and HBO’s attempt to crown Gennady Golovkin and Roman Gonzalez as the Second Coming of Money May has hit some bumps in the road.

While that may not be Hershman’s doing, per se, heads have rolled for less. And as Top Rank’s recently dismissed lawsuit against Haymon indicates, he’s not going anywhere.

“I am particularly proud of what I accomplished,” said Hershman,” and believe now is the perfect time to hand over the reins to someone new. 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.

“HBO Sports is well positioned for the future, especially in the boxing arena, with nine of the top 10 pound-for-pound fighters in the sport today, including the world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin, Sergey Kovalev, Miguel Cotto, Andre Ward, Terence Crawford and many others. I cannot wait to watch these great fighters exhibit their skills, but from the vantage point of a passionate boxing fan.”

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  1. Robert Ecksel 06:36am, 10/31/2015

    I contacted the webmaster to see what can be done about it.

  2. jim Crue 06:08am, 10/31/2015

    I agree..the app does not let the user return to other articles

  3. Ishola Jegede 12:55am, 10/31/2015

    Hey, Editor
    The boxing.com application seems to have a problem. I can’t return to other articles again after reading one. Please help!
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  4. Anonymous 11:28am, 10/30/2015

    Hmm. Maybe Thomas “Hush Money” Hauser will take his place and actually do some work..

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