Speculation has been running rampant for a while that Ross Greenburg was departing HBO. It apparently became official late last week.
Boxingscene.com, citing anonymous sources, first reported on Friday that Greenburg was leaving the network, effective Monday, after 33 years.
Greenburg was named executive producer of sports in 1985 and was promoted to president of HBO Sports in 2000. The New York Times confirmed Greenburg's departure in an interview on Sunday.
It's been reported that HBO management wasn't happy it lost the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley bout to Showtime. Greenburg refuted that notion and said he's leaving on his own terms.
“That’s a silly rationale,” Greenburg told the New York Times. “That added to my angst, but one fight doesn’t determine whether I stayed or didn’t stay. I lived through the loss of Chavez and Tyson.” He added, “I’ve been through a lot of wearing negotiations.”
Greenburg, who spearheaded many of the network's top shows, including "Real Sports", "24/7" and "Hard Knocks", helped make HBO a first-rate network for sports. One of his last project is a documentary on Derek Jeter's race to 3,000 hits.