Litner Named Comcast SportsNet President

Comcast SportsNet promoted Jon Litner to president, responsible for day-to-day management of the eight regional sports networks operated by Comcast.

Litner was president of SportsNet New York and will remain Comcast’s representative on SNY’s board.

Prior to joining SNY in 2005, Litner served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the National Hockey League for six years. He also served as senior VP of programming for ABC Sports and VP of business affairs at the short-lived Baseball Network, a venture between ABC Sports, NBC Sports and Major League Baseball.

“Jon has quickly built SportsNet New York into one of the most successful regional sports networks in the country,” said Jeff Shell, president of Comcast programming. “His proven experience in television, sports and operations make him the ideal new leader for Comcast SportsNet's rapidly expanding family of regional sports networks.”

Litner replaces founder and former CEO Jack Williams, who was appointed chairman and advisor to Comcast SportsNet. Williams launched Comcast’s first RSN in Philadelphia in 1997.

“Under Jack, Comcast SportsNet has grown to eight networks in less than a decade, and he helped to pioneer the use of HDTV and video-on-demand to connect sports fans and their favorite teams,” Shell said. “I look forward to continuing to benefit from his experience and insight in his new position.”