Keynote Speech: Randy Freer, Co-President and COO, Fox Sports Media Group

RANDY FREER

Co-President & COO

FOX Sports Media Group

 

Randy Freer_0036Randy Freer was named Co-President and COO of FOX Sports Media Group in January 2011.  In this role, Freer is responsible for a broad range of business operations and media rights acquisitions involving all aspects of Fox Sports.  He previously served as President of FOX Sports Networks (FSN), the largest regional sports network group in the U.S.  Freer is based at Fox’s Los Angeles headquarters and reports directly to Peter Rice, Chairman and CEO, Fox Networks Group.

Since assuming his new role, Freer has focused on growing and enhancing FOX Sports’ already prestigious portfolio of sports media rights.  He has overseen the negotiations that have led to new long-term agreements with the National Football League, Major League Baseball, and NASCAR, as well as the Pac-12, Big 12, and Big East Conferences.  He also played a significant role in Fox’s landmark acquisitions of the World Cup and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).  In addition, Freer maintains oversight of FSN, which has partnerships with 45 NBA, MLB, and NHL teams and which is a leading revenue producer for Fox Networks Group.

Freer’s significant influence in the sports media industry has been recognized by a variety of trade and business publications.  Both Business Week and Sports Business Journal have named him one of the most influential people in the business of sports on multiple occasions.  Freer is also a recurring selection on the CableFax 100 annual list of “Cable’s Heavy Hitters.”

In addition to his duties with the FOX Sports Media Group, Freer serves on the board of directors of the Big Ten Network, providing strategic oversight and leadership as the groundbreaking network continues to grow its distribution.

Prior to being named President of FSN in January 2007, Freer was Chief Operating Officer for Fox Sports Networks, a position he held from September 2001. Previously, he served as executive vice president, overseeing all business development and day-to-day operations for FSN. In addition, Freer worked on creating new Internet and digital platform business opportunities, including the re-launch of the FOXSports.com website.

Freer joined Fox in 1997 after serving for three years as Senior Vice President, Business Affairs at Active Entertainment, an animation syndication firm. Prior to that, he spent nine years at Turner Broadcasting, the last two as Executive Vice President, Entertainment Sales. In that position, Freer was responsible for overseeing all advertising sales for Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) and Turner Network Television (TNT), as well as the Cartoon Network.

In 2010, Freer was named to the board of directors of the After-School All-Stars, one of the nation’s leading providers of year-round, school-based, comprehensive after-school programs.

Freer attended St. Joseph’s College in North Windham, Maine and graduated with degrees in Business and History.

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