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ESPN promotes Burke Magnus to president of content amid broader shakeup, plus more

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3 March 2023 Rory Jones

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ESPN has named Burke Magnus as president of content, amid a broader shakeup to the US-based sports broadcasting giant’s leadership team after Bob Iger’s return as Disney chief executive.

Magnus has held multiple executive positions during his 28-year career at ESPN, most recently serving as president of programming and original content. In his new role, he will lead on ESPN’s programming, original productions, and live content, including the sports media giant’s news operation. His brief also covers ESPN’s audio, digital and social media operations. 

“[Magnus] has led teams responsible for some of the most important and impactful content at ESPN, both licensed and developed,” said ESPN chairman Jimmy Pitaro. 

“He is a strong relationship builder, both internally across Disney, and externally with our league partners, and will bring valuable institutional and industry knowledge to his new role as he builds upon our history of developing unparalleled storytelling across platforms.” 

The appointment was announced by Pitaro, who is being charged with a greater share of senior corporate responsibility by Iger, in a statement shared with the company’s staff, which also listed a number of new hires. 

Rosalyn Durant will return to ESPN as vice president of programming and acquisitions. Durant moves back from overseeing Disney’s parks division and will focus on negotiating the sports media company’s major upcoming rights deals, including the key domestic National Basketball Association (NBA) broadcast partnership. Pitaro confirmed that there will be some overlap in duties between Magnus and Durant as the latter transitions out of her role at Disney.

The reshuffle at ESPN will also see Tina Thornton take on more responsibilities overseeing the production operations group, and Laura Gentile will now lead the marketing team. 

Elsewhere, Noel Le Graet has officially resigned as president of the French Football Federation (FFF), following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment. The FFF is currently battling multiple issues, with a number of women’s national team players, including captain Wendie Renard, saying they will not play the upcoming World Cup due to issues with the French ‘system’.

Canada Soccer president Nick Bontis has also left his role, amid an ongoing dispute over salaries for the men’s and women’s national teams. Last month, Canada captain Christine Sinclair stated that the team had been ‘forced back to work’ after reversing their decision to conduct a player strike amid legal threats from the national soccer body. 

During Canada’s women’s recent international friendly against the USA in the SheBelieves Cup, players wore shirts with messaging ‘enough is enough’, amid calls for Bontis’ resignation. 

In other news, DAZN has confirmed that Kevin Mayer is leaving the media company’s board of directors after the expiry of his fixed two-year contract on 1st March. 


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Susie Wolff 
Managing director, Formula One Academy 
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Jacques Raynaud 
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Fred Perpall 
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Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani 
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Hassan El Kamah
Commercial director, Confederation of African Football (CAF) 
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Joanne Warnes 
Managing director, Asia-Pacific (APAC), Octagon 
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Kurt Hunzeker 
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Chris Overhalt 
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Ken Turner 
Chief marketing officer, Fanatics Collectibles 
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Omar Wilkes 
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Robin Eletto 
Chief people officer, TMRW Sports 
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Wendell Haskins 
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Ken Aagaard 
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Tina Shah
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George Killebrew 
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Marcel Reese 
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