SBJ/October 10-16, 2011/Game Changers
Game Changers: Susan Stone
Published October 10, 2011, Page 32A
Stone, with son Ethan, 10, and daughter Sophie, 8, helped MLB Network make a successful launch.
“The launch brought out such a great collaborative, team-building spirit,” said Stone, a veteran of sports TV with prior stops at NBC, CBS and the NFL Network. “And even now, there’s never any slack in the standards. But there’s still a ton of opportunity in front of us and more we want to do.”
- Crowning professional achievement: The launch of MLB Network on Jan. 1, 2009 — a lifetime of work crammed into six months.
- What is the best advice you've ever received: Don’t worry about the next job, but be the best at the job you currently have.
- Person who had the biggest influence on your career in sports: Ken Aagaard, whom I’ve worked with at almost every phase of my career and recommended me to Tony Petitti at MLB Network.
- Woman in sports business you'd most like to meet: Donna de Varona. She was a trailblazer for all women who followed in the sports broadcasting industry.
- Ten years from now, I hope to be …: Taking my daughter, Sophie, to college.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
“I’m grateful that I’ve been able to work with Susan twice in my career, first at CBS and now at MLB Network. Susan is a total pro who handles every project with enthusiasm, expertise and a calm demeanor. She’s to be credited for helping to make the launch of MLB Network so successful.”
- Tony Petitti, MLB Network, president and CEO