NGBs ask for Streeter and Probst’s resignations from USOC

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 8, 2009 12:55 pm

In a recent statement issues on behalf of The National Governing Body, the leaders of 46 national sports federations, demands were made that Stephanie Streeter and Larry Probst, the two people in charge of the United States Olympic Committee, resign.  The NGB statement cited that “neither Probst, who became chairman when Peter Ueberroth’s term ended a year ago, nor Streeter had any familiarity with International Olympic Committee members, international sports leaders or the Olympic movement when they got the positions.”

While Probst currently has no plans on resigning, Streeter is planning on stepping down once a replacement is found, but NGB members claim that the search won’t happen soon enough and will likely end in similar results. NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol said that the USOC’s “hiring a search firm that won’t have a clue and will find some candidate from a failed American business who has some kind of reputation and trot him or her out.”

The National Governing Body claim that Streeter and Probst “behavior and circumstance” are directly what led to Chicago placing last in a 4 city battle for the 2016 Olympic Games.  IOC member Denis Oswald of Switzerland brought up Streeter’s salary, which is currently $560,000, as one of the issues that have led the IOC to lack confidence in the USOC since the USOC recently lost three major sponsors and had to cut fifteen percent of its staff.

Neither Probst nor Streeter chose to attend the bid cities’ technical presentation to IOC members last June in Switzerland, which many NGB members are saying “cost the US the games.”  Ebersol told the press that he believes Streeter should resign immediately and allow her predecessor to attend the 2010 Olympic Games as the Chairperson of the USOC.”I’m just infuriated we are going to blow six months so that Stephanie Streeter can get to go to the big dance in Vancouver. The big dance doesn’t happen again for 2 1/2 years in London. What better place than Vancouver to allow someone to hit the ground on the international scene?”