Tirico has handled a variety of assignments for ESPN, ESPN Radio and ABC Sports since 1991, establishing himself as one of the most recognizable faces and steady voices across ESPN’s multimedia platforms and in the industry at large.
In 2006, he assumed one of the top positions in sports television as ESPN’s Monday Night Football play-by-play commentator. Tirico’s other major roles include NBA, college basketball and golf play-by-play/host and studio host for major events. Tirico works alongside analyst Jon Gruden on MNF, the most-viewed series in cable television history. He is just the fourth person – joining broadcasting legends Keith Jackson, Frank Gifford and Al Michaels – to occupy the play-by-play post in the more than 40-year history of sports television’s signature series. Tirico handles play-by-play for NBA games paired with analyst Hubie Brown on ESPN and ABC, as well as the NBA Finals on ESPN Radio. In 2012, he returned to ESPN’s college basketball coverage as the play-by-play voice for weekly Super Tuesday Big Ten games alongside analyst Dan Dakich. A regular host and contributor to ESPN Radio, Tirico is part of the weekly Countdown to Kickoff and hosts the “Open Mike” podcast.
In his 14 years with the company prior to becoming ESPN President and Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks on January 1, 2012, John Skipper was a key architect of ESPN’s explosive growth. He played leadership roles overseeing the company’s television, digital, print and advertising sales initiatives, as well as ESPN’s focus on brand extensions, bringing the company’s “best available screen” philosophy to life across more platforms and with more wide-ranging major rights agreements than at any time since ESPN’s launch in 1979. This strategy, along with an emphasis on live sports, has strengthened ESPN’s unparalleled relationship with fans while meeting the growing business needs of ESPN’s distributors and advertisers.
Under his leadership, ESPN has consistently set records for television ratings and digital consumption, and negotiated several wide-ranging, major rights agreements with the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, the BCS, FIFA, the Masters Tournament, the British Open, the USTA, Wimbledon and several college conferences. Each of those agreements was marked by a significant change that took hold under Skipper — a wide swath of multimedia rights that went well beyond just television to include all forms of media, and terms that extended for a much longer period of time, sometimes a decade or more. This change of approach envisioned an evolving media world driven by the marriage of technology with content, and established stability for ESPN and all of its business partners for years to come.
Stephen M. Ross is the Chairman and Founder of Related Companies. Mr. Ross formed Related in 1972 and today the company includes over 2,000 professionals. Related has developed over $22 billion in real estate and owns real estate assets valued at over $15 billion made up of best-in-class mixed-use, residential, retail, office, trade show and affordable properties in premier high-barrier-to-entry markets. Mr. Ross is also the owner of the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium. Mr. Ross is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Equinox Holdings, Inc., serves on the Executive Committee and is a trustee of Lincoln Center and is a trustee of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Urban Land Institute and the New York Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. He is also a director of the World Resources Institute and the Jackie Robinson Foundation and chairperson emeritus of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), the city’s leading real estate trade association.
Bob Bowman joined Major League Baseball Advanced Media LP (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, as its first President and Chief Executive Officer in 2000. MLBAM operates the official League site, www.MLB. com, as well as each of the 30 individual team sites. Prior to joining MLBAM, Mr. Bowman was President and Chief Operating Officer of ITT Corporation, one of the world’s largest and pre-eminent conglomerates. Mr. Bowman successfully oversaw the growth and operations of the $8 billion conglomerate until its merger with Starwood Hotels and Resorts in 1998. During his tenure, Mr. Bowman and the senior management team at ITT created more than $25 billion of value for the company’s shareholders. Mr. Bowman graduated from Harvard College in 1977, and received his M.B.A. from The Wharton School in 1979.
I was thrilled to be invited and to be part of the MSBC. The student leaders put together a smart and innovative agenda, touching various facets of the sports business industry. I look forward to future conferences, and seeing how the students continue to build on the sport business conference’s great success. Go Blue!
I definitely got a lot of value from attending the MSBC. Gathering with senior sports execs to talk through the issues of the day, engaging with brilliant students and taking in the legendary Michigan warmth and charm together made it a breakthrough experience. Go Blue!
The networking opportunity with industry professionals was outstanding. The Planning Team was exceptionally competent and responsive making the experience for a speaker smooth and comfortable. Aside from the opportunity to revisit Ann Arbor participating in a conference of the caliber of MSBC was an overall fabulous experience.
The MSBC was a terrific opportunity to interact with students, connect with some industry friends who traveled to participate in the conference, and to make some new industry friends. The students did a wonderful job of planning and coordinating a highly organized, professional conference that was well-attended and highly informative.
The Michigan Sport Business Conference brings together industry leaders and top sports executives in a forum that provides compelling dialog with students who are eager to learn and engage across the industry. This is a refreshing approach to the traditional sports business conferences I’ve attended.
The MSBC is a truly exceptional conference. The fact that it is put on by undergraduate students is a testament to the caliber of students that come out of U of M. Despite only being 2 years old, the MSBC executed a flawless run of show, impressive list of speakers and subsequently, has gained recognition throughout the industry.
The Michigan Sport Business Conference does a great job in lining up a good list of folks who really contribute to the sports marketing industry and given what a small world the sports industry is, it is an good opportunity to connect ith old colleagues and friends and an opportunity to make a few new friends as well.
“The MSBC is one of the finest sports conferences in America, period. Great content, terrific speakers, first class environment and well-attended. That students organize and stage such an outstanding event makes it even more impressive!”
“I am proud to have been an MSBC Board member since its inception and continue to be impressed by the students who run this organization. Each year they take it to the next level and have established the MSBC as one of the premiere conferences in the industry.”