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Mike Ryan '81, ESPN, Vice President, Programming
Mike Ryan, who has been working in the sports industry for more than 25 years, was promoted to vice president, programming and acquisitions in 2004. His current responsibilities include the negotiations and day-to-day management of specific ESPN properties, including baseball (primarily Major League Baseball and Little League Baseball), tennis, horse racing, bowling and rodeo.
Ryan played a significant role in recent contract extensions with Major League Baseball through 2013 and Little League Baseball through 2014.
Ryan is responsible for maximizing the value of ESPN properties across the company’s multimedia assets, including television, Internet, radio, print, broadband and wireless. His duties extend to daily interaction with all facets of ESPN’s business: remote and studio production, customer marketing and sales, affiliate sales and marketing, consumer marketing, research, legal, communications and finance.
Ryan joined ESPN as a programming manager in 1996 and was promoted to director, programming and acquisitions in early 2000, responsible for acquisitions and management of sports properties including baseball, tennis, sailing, skiing, cycling and other events.
Prior to ESPN, Ryan worked as the vice president of programming at The Prime Network (1995) and vice president of broadcasting with the New York Mets (1983-94) where he won a New York Sports Emmy as Executive Producer for a Mets-oriented children’s show “Dynamets.” Also, he served as the Sports Information Director at Amherst College (1981-82).
A native of Pittsfield, Mass., Ryan was graduated from Amherst College with English and psychology degrees in 1981 where he was a four-year letterman in baseball.