Burke Magnus was named Senior Vice President, programming acquisitions, in January 2014, having previously served as Senior Vice President, college sports programming. In his new role, Magnus is responsible for all of the company’s program ac- quisitions and rights holder relations while still setting the strategic direction of the company’s college sports content which includes acquiring, scheduling and program- ming college football, college basketball and NCAA Championship across the ESPN Networks. Prior to his current job, Magnus had served as Vice President and General Manager of ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network. Prior to joining ESPN, Mag- nus was an administrative assistant for Soros Fund Management from 1994 to 1995. SI.com named Magnus the fifth “Most Powerful Person in College Sports”, just sev- eral months after being granted the National Football Foundation’s prestigious Legacy Award for his support and leadership in promoting college football. Magnus gradu- ated from Holy Cross in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in history and then received his master’s degree in sport management from the University of Massachusetts in 1994.