David Preschlack was named President, NBC Sports Regional Networks, and NBC Sports Group Platform and Content Strategy in January 2016. He is responsible for overseeing the NBC Sports Regional Networks portfolio, including production, programming and technical operations, and interacts with each general manager in a range of areas including sales, content and ongoing relationship management. Preschlack also leads the entire NBC Sports platforming strategy with existing and to-be-developed content. He reports to NBC Broadcasting & Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus.
Previously, Preschlack served as Executive Vice President, Affiliate Sales and Marketing, Disney and ESPN Networks Group, where he handled oversight of content distributed on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices, including WatchESPN, ESPN3, WATCH ABC, WATCH ABC Family and the WATCH Disney products. He also oversaw the U.S. cable, telco and satellite affiliate sales, global distribution and strategy, digital video distribution and affiliate marketing for 16 of The Walt Disney Company’s linear networks (inclusive of all sports offerings), as well as their HDTV, video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand, interactive television and pay-per-view products.
Preschlack joined ESPN in 1995 as a videotape librarian, and was promoted to various levels through the affiliate sales and marketing department. Prior to his most recent role, he was senior vice president, affiliate sales and marketing, Disney & ESPN Media Network Group, overseeing sales, business strategy, affiliate ad sales and affiliate marketing for all Disney and ESPN products and services in the U.S. Before that, Preschlack was senior vice president of national accounts, with responsibility for all domestic distribution and licensing efforts for The Walt Disney Company’s assets within the media networks group.
Preschlack was named three times to SportsBusiness Journal’s “Forty Under 40” list, earning him an induction into the award’s Hall of Fame, and received the 2013 NCTA Vanguard Award for Young Leadership, among other industry honors.
Preschlack is a graduate of Denison University with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He resides in Connecticut with his wife and their four children.