Jon D. Litner
NBC Sports Group
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Jon Litner was named Group President of the NBC Sports Group in February, 2011. In this role, he is responsible for the NBC Sports Regional Networks and the Golf Channel, two of the most dynamic and fastest growing business segments within the NBC Sports Group. Together, the NBC Sports Regional Networks and the Golf Channel businesses annually feature more than 2,500 live events across MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS, NCAA and the PGA Tour, present compelling news and original programming, and provide innovative digital media and e-commerce services to more than 100 million households.
As head of the NBC Sports Regional Networks since May 2007, Litner led the growth of the business from seven networks to 13 through a series of strategic acquisitions and new market launches. Collectively, the NBC Sports Regional Networks serve 10 major markets, including eight of the country’s Top 10 DMAs, and produce live game coverage for more than 20 professional teams and several major college conferences. In addition, they deliver comprehensive analysis, breaking news and compelling original programming that has earned distinction throughout the sports industry, as well as multiple Regional Emmys and Edward R. Murrow Awards.
The NBC Sports Regional Networks are comprised of Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet New England, SNY, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, CSS, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet Houston.
Under Litner’s oversight, the Golf Channel stands as the fastest-growing network on television and features more live golf coverage than all other networks combined. Golf Channel’s platform of businesses also includes a range of digital media offerings, including the GolfNow tee time platform, and several other Golf Channel branded e-commerce services targeted to recreational golfers.
Prior to his current role, Litner served as President, VERSUS and Comcast Sports Group, where he directed all business aspects of VERSUS, including its integration into the NBC Sports Group and rebrand as the NBC Sports Network. In this role, Litner also spearheaded the strategic and operational growth of Comcast’s regional sports network business.
Prior to joining Comcast and the NBC Sports Group, Litner established himself as an industry leader across sports television and management, excelling in senior positions at national and regional networks and professional sports leagues. In 2005, Litner piloted the successful launch of SNY, the regional sports network of the New York Mets, where he served as President until 2007. Under his leadership, SNY achieved the largest year-to-year MLB viewership increase to date during its inaugural season of 2006 and earned numerous New York Emmy Awards.
Prior to launching SNY, Litner was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the NHL, where he was responsible for U.S. and Canadian broadcasting, digital media, communications, special events, new business development, game scheduling and NHL Productions. Litner also spearheaded the Canadian launch of the NHL Network, the league-owned national pay channel, and developed the Heritage Classic, the first outdoor game in modern NHL history and forerunner to the successful Winter Classic series.
Litner began his career in sports television at Capital Cities/ABC, Inc., and held several executive positions from 1991 to 1999, overseeing all programming acquisitions and talent negotiations. He led ABC’s acquisition and coverage of the Big Ten; Pac-12; SEC; Big XII; ACC; the Rose Bowl; Sugar Bowl; the Indianapolis 500; Brickyard 500; the Kentucky Derby; and the legendary Wide World of Sports franchise. Litner also played a leading role in creating the Bowl Championship Series, as well as College Football’s first National Championship Game. While at ABC, Litner also led the network’s acquisition of MLB television rights in 1994 and 1995 and the creation of The Baseball Network, a joint venture with NBC, where he served as Vice President of Business Affairs.
Litner is a 1985 graduate of Yale University, where he was a two-sport varsity athlete competing on the football and baseball teams. He later earned his law degree from Cornell Law School in 1988. He has been recognized by several publications for his distinguished leadership in the sports media industry, including Businessweek, Sports Business Journal and CableFax. Litner is also a member of the Little League International Board of Directors.
Litner and his wife, Polly, have three children and reside in the Philadelphia area.