SBJ/January 9 - 15, 2006/This Weeks Issue

One on One

Sean McManus is wearing two hats these days. As president of CBS Sports since 1996, he led the acquisition (and later renegotiation) by the network of broadcast rights to the NFL and extended its rights for the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament and the PGA Tour. As the new president of CBS News, he takes on a dual role made famous at ABC in 1977 by Roone Arledge, with whom McManus’ father, legendary sports broadcaster Jim McKay, collaborated. That same year, McManus began his professional career at ABC Sports as a production assistant before moving to NBC two years later as associate producer and to Trans World International in 1987 as senior vice president.

McManus spoke recently with SportsBusiness Journal New York bureau chief Jerry Kavanagh.

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