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Volume 20 No. 46
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Game Changers: Amy Cohen

Cohen grew up cheering for Philly teams, then entered
the city’s sports world when she went to work for
Amy Cohen
Comcast Sports Group
SVP, General Counsel

Comcast has a simple strategy when it comes to local team rights. In many markets where it operates a regional sports network, it looks to share equity in the channel with the local teams. Comcast believes such a scenario aligns the teams’ interests with the network’s interest. That’s where Amy Cohen comes in.

Cohen has been with Comcast since 1996, when Comcast started its local sports strategy. As the head of Comcast SportsNet’s legal department, Cohen has been instrumental in crafting these types of complex deals. Most recently, Cohen was in the middle of the deal to give the NBA Celtics up to a 20 percent stake in Comcast SportsNet New England in exchange for a 20-year rights deal extension through 2038. She also was a central figure in recent negotiations with the NBA on issues affecting multiple Comcast RSNs, such as the boundaries of TV territories, and has been overseeing legal matters for Versus for the past two years, as well.

— John Ourand
  • Crowning professional achievement: Building a great business and legal affairs team.
  • Biggest professional disappointment: I am disappointed that the industry still lags behind others in terms of recognition and advancement of women.
  • In 10 words or less, how would you describe your management style?: Laissez-faire/delegatory, mixed with an occasional dose of autocracy.
  • Person who had the biggest influence on your career in sports: Jon Litner, president of Comcast Sports Group. After working closely with him on the launch of SportsNet New York, he showed belief and confidence in me in promoting me to my current position.
  • Woman in sports business you'd most like to meet: Annika Sorenstam. She has achieved great success on and off the course while at the same time raising a family.


“Not only does Amy understand all facets of the television business and what makes sports teams and leagues tick, but she has proven herself to be a creative problem solver and an accomplished relationship-builder — all while forcefully advocating and protecting Comcast’s interests.”

  • Bill Koenig, NBA executive vice president of business affairs and general counsel