Burke Magnus continues rising up the ranks at ESPN. Chairman Jimmy Pitaro announced Magnus’s promotion from Executive Vice President of Programming & Original Content to President of Programming & Original Content.
Magnus will continue reporting directly to Pitaro in the expanded role. ESPN is famous for its original programming and sports media rights deals. All of which Magnus will continue overseeing, along with more oversight on ESPN and ESPN+ original content development.
“Burke is a talented leader and collaborative colleague who has been instrumental in guiding ESPN through what has undoubtedly been one of the most challenging and critical periods in our history,” Pitaro said in a press release announcing the promotion. “He is an industry-leading programming strategist who continues to take on new challenges with his signature combination of relationship building and creativity.”
Recent rights deals with the NFL, MLB, NHL, SEC, and La Liga have had a big influence from the executive. He has also been an integral figure in the return of sports during the pandemic. Magnus has now been promoted twice in the past year after moving up to the vice president role last November. Two jobs a quarter century in the making.
Magnus joined ESPN in 1995 as a program associate and moved his way up through different programming departments to his position today. His big jump happened from 2004 to 2008 when he ran ESPNU. Magnus guided all programming, production, and operations exquisitely. College basketball ratings increased and the run brought about lasting ideas like the basketball version of “College Gameday” and Bracket Buster Saturday.
Magnus has been named to the “CableFax100”, which salutes the industry’s top power players and movers, every year since 2018. Magnus graduated from Holy Cross in 1988. He then earned his master’s degree in sport management from the University of Massachusetts in 1994 before starting at ESPN.
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Curt Menefee to Call Two Seahawks Preseason Games
FOX NFL studio host Curt Menefee will be on the TV play-by-play for the preseason opener on August 13 and the finale on August 26.
The 2022 NFL preseason is going to kick off in earnest later this week, and the Seattle Seahawks have revealed their broadcast crews for two of the team’s three preseason contests.
FOX NFL studio host Curt Menefee will be on the TV play-by-play for the preseason opener on August 13 and the finale on August 26. He’ll be joined in the booth by former Seahawk Michael Robinson. The games will air locally on KING 5, the city’s NBC affiliate.
Additionally for the TV broadcasts, Paul Silvi and Ray Roberts will host the pre and postgame shows, with former Seahawk Michael Bennett working as an analyst.
On the radio, Steve Raible and Dave Wyman will call all three games. Jen Mueller will be the sideline reporter. Michael Bumpus will be the studio host and will be joined by former players Jordan Babineaux, Paul Moyer, Roberts, Marcus Trufant and Robert Turbin.
Radio broadcasts air on Seattle Sports 710 AM and KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM and are distributed across Washington on the Seahawks Radio Network.
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After Losing Out On Big Ten Rights, ESPN Turns Focus to NCAA Championships
According to Front Office Sports, ESPN’s contract for 29 NCAA Championships ends in 2024.
After reportedly losing out on the Big Ten’s television rights, ESPN is reportedly turning to securing the NCAA Championship rights from hitting the open market.
According to Front Office Sports, ESPN’s contract for 29 NCAA Championships ends in 2024. Those 29 championships include everything from Women’s basketball to ice hockey, wrestling, softball, and baseball. The network pays a reported $34 million for the rights to broadcast those championship events.
However, according to a study commissioned by the NCAA reveals that the women’s basketball tournament could be worth anywhere from $81 million to $112 million per year by its lonesome. The NCAA is reportedly considering selling the women’s basketball tournament rights as a standalone product in the next negotiation.
Sources told Front Office Sports ESPN remains interested in striking deals with the Pac-12 and Big 12 media rights, as well as renewing a deal for the College Football Playoff.
The news comes after Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand reported ESPN declined a final offer from the Big Ten for a portion of the conference’s media rights. The reported deal was seven years and $380 million per year.
ESPN Announces The Return of Stephen A. Smith to First Take
ESPN announced Smith will be returning to First Take on Monday, August 15th.
First Take has been without it’s anchor since the day after the NBA Draft in June. That’s when the ESPN personality took some time off to undergo shoulder surgery and to rehabilitate. However, it appears the wait for his return is almost over.
ESPN announced with a tweet that Smith will be returning to First Take on Monday, August 15th. They also teased a guest appearance from Michael Irvin.
This comes a day after Smith tweeted that the countdown was on for his return and we are one week away from the event.