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Zach Leonsis

Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Monumental Sports & Entertainment; General Manager, Monumental Sports Network

Zach Leonsis is senior vice president of strategic initiatives for Monumental Sports & Entertainment and general manager of Monumental Sports Network, a first-of-its-kind regional sports network for digital, mobile and over-the-top platforms. In 2016, Leonsis led the transformation of Monumental Sports Network -- co-owned by Monumental Sports & Entertainment and NBC Sports Group -- from an ad-based blogging platform into a direct-to-fan service content provider.

Monumental Sports Network is capable of processing new-age subscription bundles that include hundreds of live games across multiple leagues, original on-demand programming, exclusive merchandise and unique subscriber-only events and experiences. The company also added esports to it’s roster, providing next-gen fans with live and on-demand coverage of NBA 2K and Team Liquid games.

Leonsis manages Monumental’s media rights relationship with NBC Sports Washington, which has local exclusive television broadcasting rights to the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards, and represents MSE on NBC Sports Washington’s board of directors.

After earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, Leonsis received his MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and is a founding member of the Georgetown Entrepreneurial Advisory Board. He recently received an appointment to serve on Virginia’s Governor’s Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism and is involved in a variety of nonprofit and charitable activities in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia communities.

The Washington Business Journal and the Sports Business Journal both recognized Leonsis for his work in revolutionizing the direct-to-fan regional digital experience by honoring him in their “40 Under 40” list and as a “RSN Power Player,” respectively. Additionally, Leonsis has been lauded for his ongoing philanthropy, receiving the Street Soccer USA’s Youth Service Award and the McLean Rotary Club’s Youth Service Award.

Leonsis is a board member of the Anacostia Waterfront Trust in Washington, working to revitalize one of the city’s most treasured rivers, and was instrumental in securing the Wizards’ upcoming practice facility in D.C.’s Ward 8.

Wednesday, November 28

The Next Generation of Team Ownership

Moderator: Mary Owen, Life Trustee, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation
Eric Eisner, Founder & CEO, Double E Pictures; Director, The Portsmouth Football Club
Zach Leonsis, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Monumental Sports & Entertainment; General Manager, Monumental Sports Network