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Comcast Sports Downloads Grilly As Chief Digital Officer

Comcast Sports Group has hired Eric Grilly, president of Philly.com, as its executive vice president, chief digital officer.

In his new post, Grilly will be responsible for the digital operations of Comcast Sports Group's twelve regional sports, news and entertainment networks, including strategy, content, technology and business growth and development.

Reporting to Comcast Sports Group president Jon Litner, Grilly will start his new gig later this month.

As president of Philly.com since 2007, Grilly oversees the Web site for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News. He was previously president and CEO of the interactive division of MediaNews Group, one of the nation's largest newspaper companies. He also served as vice president of the Denver Post, overseeing that newspaper's Web site, and held several other senior-level positions in the online news business.
"Today's sports fans have an insatiable appetite for news and information about their favorite teams. I am thrilled that Eric is joining our team to extend our local sports leadership and provide fans with the best coverage online and on other emerging digital platforms," said Litner in announcing the hire. "Eric's success at connecting local audiences with valuable content, most recently at Philly.com, will benefit sports fans in all of our markets and contribute to our business growth."
Noted Grilly: "Comcast Sports Group has the strongest local sports brands in the markets it serves and its networks are among the most innovative, rapidly growing media outlets in the country. I am pleased to work with the exceptional management team at Comcast Sports Group in such a dynamic and competitive industry."