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Associate Manager, Programming & Acquisitions

Sports Media

Location: Bristol, CT
Job Status: Full Time
Posted/Updated: 04-19-2017

Job Description:

Responsible for short and long-range strategic program schedule planning for assigned properties; including but not limited to Soccer, NFL, and Bowling across ESPN Networks and platforms. Coordinate event management and the implementation of joint initiatives to drive ratings and exposure to the categories.

The position will require consistent communication and interaction with all internal ESPN departments including Production, Sales and Marketing, Finance, Research and Legal.

The Associate Manager, Programming – Soccer, NFL, and Bowling, and reports to the Senior Director, Programming and Acquisition.


•Work with the key external Programming partners such as MLS, U.S. Soccer, UEFA, NFL, PBA and other national networks to develop the individual schedules for each property
•In conjunction with Research, focus on identifying trends within the marketplace, with other networks and on ESPN with regard to ratings, demographics and avidity that will inform current and future decision-making in the various sport properties
•Develop, implement and manage ESPN’s strategic approach to the sport of bowling; serve as main point of contact for the PBA
•Assist with the short and long term planning and implementation of other properties including but not limited to Billiards, ESPN Wide World of Sports, Sailing
•Regularly interact with several ESPN Departments including, but not limited to, Production, Consumer Marketing, Communications, Ad Sales, and Finance.
•Monitor the competitive landscape in the various sport categories and keep the department and company up to speed on important developments.

Basic Qualifications

•Minimum 3 years of work experience in television programming.
•Strong overall sports knowledge with a particular focus on domestic/international Soccer and NFL
•Excellent oral/written communication skills.
•Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships at all working levels.

Preferred Qualifications

•Knowledge of NCS system or other ORACLE based software.
•Ability to read and interpret contracts

Required Education

•Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Business, Sports Management, or other related field.


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