Chairman | CBS Sports
Sean McManus was named Chairman, CBS Sports, in February 2011 overseeing all sports properties across all CBS Sports operations. He also serves as Executive Producer of THE NFL ON CBS.
McManus served concurrently as President, CBS News and Sports for more than five years prior to being named Chairman. He was named President, CBS Sports, in November 1996 and President, CBS News, in October 2005 and is only the second person to hold both Division titles simultaneously; Roone Arledge held both at ABC from 1977-86.
As president of CBS Sports, McManus led the CBS Corporation's efforts in acquiring broadcast rights to the National Football League in January 1998, and in November 2004 with Leslie Moonves, re-negotiated the contract to retain the rights for CBS until 2011. In May 2009, McManus, again with Moonves, re-negotiated the NFL contract to retain the rights for CBS through the 2013-14 season and included CBS broadcasting Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans in 2013. And in December 2011, McManus, with Moonves, re-negotiated a nine-year deal to retain the NFL broadcast rights through the 2022 season. In February 2014, McManus, with Moonves, negotiated the rights for the NFL's new Thursday Night Football package for the 2014 season. In January 2015, he, with Moonves, again successfully negotiated a deal to continue the partnership for 2015, and again in February 2016 they renewed the partnership for 2016 and 2017. In February 2016, McManus oversaw the unprecedented, year-long Corporation-wide coverage of Super Bowl 50 featuring shows from nine CBS divisions with week-long, around-the-clock coverage from San Francisco and the Bay Area across multiple platforms including broadcast, cable and premium television, radio and digital leading up to exclusive game coverage of Super Bowl 50. Much of the coverage originated from Super Bowl City at the foot of Market Street in San Francisco, which featured multiple sets, a football field and fan activation zone. On February 7, 2016, CBS Sports' broadcast of Super Bowl 50 between Denver and Carolina was watched in all-or-part by a record 167 million viewers, making it the most-watched single broadcast in television history by that measure at the time. McManus also oversaw the launch of a comprehensive redesign of CBS Sports' iconic logo that implemented a new on-air graphics look for CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network which debuted as part of the Network's Super Bowl Week programming and Super Bowl 50. In February 2013, he also oversaw unprecedented Super Bowl coverage when the Network established CBS SUPER BOWL PARK at Jackson Square as New Orleans' home to shows from nine CBS divisions across multiple platforms leading up to Super Bowl XLVII. On February 7, 2010, CBS Sports' broadcast of Super Bowl XLIV between New Orleans and Indianapolis was watched by 106.5 million viewers making it the most-watched program in television history at the time. In addition, McManus serves as executive producer for the acclaimed show INSIDE THE NFL on Showtime. In its first year on SHOWTIME in 2008, INSIDE THE NFL won the Sports Emmy® Award for Outstanding Studio Show-Weekly, and did so again for 2012. McManus is a 14-time Emmy Award-winner. In 2015 he was named to The Hollywood Reporter's list of The 35 Most Powerful People in Media and also was honored with the Legacy Award at the Cynopsis Sports Media Awards. In December 2016, he was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
Prior to his CBS Sports tenure, he was Senior Vice President of U.S. Television Sales and Programming for Trans World International, the television division of International Management Group, the world's largest sports marketing firm (1987-96).
Before that, McManus was Vice President, Program Planning and Development at NBC Sports (1982-87), becoming the youngest vice president in the history of the network at the age of 27. He was responsible for all programming and was instrumental in the rights negotiations for the Olympics, the NFL, Wimbledon, the Breeders' Cup, the Orange Bowl, auto racing and NCAA college basketball. McManus joined NBC Sports in 1979 as an associate producer assigned to the NFL, Wimbledon, the PGA TOUR, "Sportsworld," auto racing and the Tour de France.
McManus began his career in 1977 at ABC Sports as a production assistant and associate producer. In 2010, he was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.
McManus is the son of the late legendary sports broadcaster Jim McKay. He was graduated cum laude from Duke University in 1977 with a degree in English and history.
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