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Game Changers: Rebecca Schulte

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Schulte, with husband Ray, hopes to watch 2-year-old Ryan in sporting events someday.
Rebecca Schulte
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic
SVP, General Manager

Rebecca Schulte came to Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic in 2005, just as the regional sports network was losing the rights to the staple of its summer schedule, the Baltimore Orioles, to a rival regional sports network. What Schulte has done in the ensuing six years is keep the Comcast-owned RSN relevant in a sports market without any MLB rights and with an NBA team, the Washington Wizards, that has been one of the league’s worst. Schulte has strengthened the channel’s relationships with other local teams. Notably, Schulte picked up rights to the NFL Ravens in August, helping the channel re-establish a foothold in Baltimore. Schulte also has been active securing summer rights with Washington’s MLS and World TeamTennis clubs, D.C. United and the Kastles, respectively.

— John Ourand
  • First job: Growing up in Los Angeles, I did some acting along with my twin sister. It was mostly small parts, but it was my first experience in television.
  • What is the best advice you've ever received: Work for the job you want, not the job you have. It is a challenge to consistently improve your performance, regardless of position, and seek opportunities for growth.
  • Person who had the biggest influence on your career in sports: Tracy Dolgin, president and CEO, YES Network.  
  • One attribute I look for when hiring is …: A passion for making great television.
  • Ten years from now, I hope to be …: Still be producing great sports television, but also attending sporting events that my son is playing in.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

“I’ve worked with Rebecca for more than four years, and it was evident from the outset that she was committed to building partnerships and delivering the best possible broadcast product to sports fans in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore markets.”

  • Ted Leonsis, founder and chairman, Monumental Sports & Entertainment
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