Power Players: Dave Brown
Scheduling football games is one of the most challenging parts of the job for college athletic directors. Brown saw that firsthand during his 28 years at ESPN. His job often entailed playing matchmaker for schools looking for high-profile games on the network, especially those early-season games that often pit two powerhouses. In the four-plus years since he left ESPN, Brown has developed his own scheduling software, Gridiron, and a subscription service for the schools, making him one of the most important cogs in the college football wheel.