David Kaplan Leaving NBC Sports

Yesterday evening during his show, Unfiltered with David Kaplan, Kaplan announced that he would be departing from the network at the end of the year to spend more time with his family. Kaplan, who has been with NBC since 2008, announced that he would be leaving the company on December 30th. The opportunity to depart from the company presented itself when NBC’s partner company, NBCUniversal (NBCU), offered him a buyout, which Kaplan said was simply too good to pass up on. 

Though Kaplan’s colleagues expressed to him that they didn’t want him to go, he explained why he was looking forward to this new venture, stating, “This presents me with the chance to pursue the next chapter of my career,” adding, “It will also give me a great opportunity to spend more time with my wife Mindy, and our four sons and their expanding families.” The buyout has come at an interesting moment in Kaplan’s life, as he will be turning 62 years old tomorrow (November 19). The buyout will allow Kaplan to open a new chapter of his life thanks to the extra time provided by NBCU to pursue his personal life.

Network executive John Schippman lamented his decision to leave NBC, stating he was a “one of a kind” and that it is his passion that has made him a “beloved and respected figure, not just with fans but also his colleagues.” Shippman followed this statement with one of optimism for Kaplan’s future prospects saying, “We wish him the best and look forward to seeing what’s next.” Kaplan has already stated that he will still continue to engage with the sporting world despite his absence from many of the shows he previously hosted, stating, “I will continue to be very active in the Chicago sports media world.” Though his energetic presence will be absent from both Unfiltered and Football Aftershow, two shows in he hosted and which will continue to air after his departure, he will continue to co-host the morning ESPN 1,000 alongside Jonathan Hood. Fans who will be seeking additional content from Kaplan after December 30 may turn to his Youtube channel, where he will continue producing content for his 41,000 subscribers.

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