President and Chief Executive Officer, MLB Network
Tony Petitti is the President and Chief Executive Officer of MLB Network, overseeing all day-to-day operations of the network. Petitti was at the helm of the launch of the network, which debuted on January 1, 2009 in 50 million cable and satellite homes, marking the largest launch in cable television history. Today, MLB Network is widely distributed in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Since its launch, MLB Network has received accolades for its coverage of the biggest events and headlines in baseball, including Spring Training, the trade deadline, All-Star Game, Postseason and World Series. In that time, MLB Network has been honored with a total of 12 Sports Emmy Awards and 37 nominations by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, including consecutive Outstanding Daily Studio Show honors in 2012, 2011 and 2010 for MLB Network's signature program, "MLB Tonight."
Petitti joined MLB Network after serving as the Executive Vice President and Executive Producer for CBS Sports, where he oversaw all daily operations, including production, personnel and editorial content. In January 2008, Petitti assumed responsibility for day-to-day operations of CSTV and was instrumental in its transformation to the CBS College Sports Network.
Petitti originally joined CBS Sports in February 1997 as Senior Vice President, Business Affairs and Programming, in which he played a key role in negotiating contracts for continued coverage of the PGA Tour and the network's return to the NFL. In August 1999, Petitti became the Vice President and General Manager of WCBS-TV in New York before re-joining CBS Sports in 2002. Petitti was named Executive Producer in July 2002 and later appointed Executive Vice President in December 2005.
Prior to joining CBS Sports, Petitti served as Senior Vice President, Negotiations for NBC Sports and as Vice President, Programming for ABC Sports. With ABC, Petitti was responsible for the acquisition of college football regular season and bowl games, college basketball, the Little League World Series and NASCAR events. In addition, he is credited for creating the Bowl Championship Series to determine college football's national champion.
Petitti, who began his professional career in the field of law before joining ABC Sports in 1988, graduated from Haverford College in 1983 with a degree in economics and from Harvard Law School in 1986. In May 2006, Haverford selected Petitti as the recipient of the prestigious Lawrence Forman Award, presented to a superior Haverford athlete who has devoted a significant portion of their energy to the betterment of society throughout his or her career.
In 2013, Petitti was named to CableFAX Magazine's Top 100, a list of the most influential leaders in the cable industry. Petitti received the March of Dimes Corporate Leadership Award in 2012, and in 2000, SportsBusiness Journal honored Petitti as part of its "40 Under 40" profile of the top executives in the industry.
Petitti currently resides with his family in Irvington, N.Y.
Senior Vice President, Marketing & Promotion
Mary Beck is the Senior Vice President of Marketing & Promotion for MLB Network.
Beck, formerly Major League Baseball's Vice President of Brand Advertising and Marketing, leads the building of MLB Network's brand and oversees advertising and on-air promotions. Beck, who joined Major League Baseball in 2001, was responsible for promoting the MLB brand and supporting the marketing initiatives of all the league's departments in an effort to grow the popularity of the game. Prior to 2001, Beck was a co-founder of the East Coast office of Move.com and also held positions for Turner Broadcasting Sales at CNN and TBS/TNT.
Vice President, Programming
Andy Butters is the Vice President of Programming for MLB Network.
Butters, formerly Director of Program Planning at the NFL Network, is responsible for the developing MLB Network's on-air program schedule. Since 2006, Butters had been responsible for the launch of 13 new series at the NFL Network. Prior to joining the NFL Network, Butters worked at ESPN for 16 years, concentrating on the selection of programming relating to MLB, NFL and motor sports. He also served as the day-part planner for ESPN's main network, in which he determined the show-by-show schedule for the year.
Vice President, Distribution, Affiliate Sales & Marketing
Brent Fisher is the Vice President of Distribution, Affiliate Sales & Marketing for MLB Network.
Fisher, who joined MLB Network in 2008 as Senior Director of Distribution, Affiliate Sales & Marketing, is responsible for overseeing the relationship between the network and satellite, cable, and telco operators and for continuing to grow MLB Network's distribution.
Before joining MLB Network, Fisher spent five years in Affiliate Sales at NFL Network.
Fisher earned his master's degree in Management of Sports Industries from the University of New Haven in 2003.
Prior to attending the University of New Haven, Fisher spent four years playing professional basketball in Portugal, Israel and in the United States Basketball League.
Fisher earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1998.
Vice President, Engineering and IT
Mark Haden is the Vice President of Engineering and IT for MLB Network.
Mark ensures that the facility meets the technical needs of MLB Network as well as MLB Productions. With a staff of over 40 professional technicians, Mark oversees day-to-day technical operations as well as broadcast and office computer networks for this "lens to satellite" facility. Mark also is responsible for refreshing technologies and keeps a close eye on the future investigating new and promising innovations and techniques.
Mark Haden brings over 35 years of varied technical expertise to MLB Network. He was previously at ABC News, served as Director of East Coast Production at HBO, and also held positions with USA Network and Lifetime Television.
Executive Vice President
Rob McGlarry is the Executive Vice President of MLB Network.
McGlarry, formerly Major League Baseball's Vice President of Broadcasting Business Affairs, is responsible for all program acquisitions as well as business and legal affairs for MLB Network. Since joining MLB in 2003, McGlarry worked on all of MLB's recent broadcasting deals including those with DirecTV, ESPN, FOX, TBS, XM Satellite Radio and the landmark agreements to create and launch MLB Network. Prior to MLB, McGlarry was an associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher and an assistant to former New York Governor Mario Cuomo.
Vice President, Studio and Broadcast Operations
Bob Mincieli is Vice President of Studio and Broadcast Operations for MLB Network.
Mincieli oversees network origination, ingest, and studio and broadcast operations.
Mincieli most recently served as Director of Broadcast Operations for CBS Sports for 13 years, where he was a six-time Emmy Award winner. Prior to CBS Sports, Mincieli served as Producer for CBS Live News Center, and Manager of Production Services for CBS' Olympic unit at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.
Executive Vice President, Advertising Sales
Bill Morningstar is the Executive Vice President of Advertising Sales for MLB Network.
Prior to MLB Network, Morningstar acted as Executive Vice President, Media Sales of The WB Television Network, and played a large role in launching The WB in 1994. While at the network, Morningstar worked with advertising agencies, media buying services and their clients, and was responsible for all network advertising revenues for The WB primetime, daytime, kids and digital. Morningstar was former President and Chief Operating Officer Jed Petrick's first hire at The WB.
Prior to joining The WB in 1994, Mr. Morningstar was a Vice President in the network group at Grey Advertising.
Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration
Tony Santomauro is the Senior Vice President of Finance & Administration for MLB Network.
Santomauro, the former Vice President of Business Planning at the Donald J. Trump/NBC Universal partnership, the Miss Universe Organization, is responsible for directing the financial and administrative services and components in order to build and grow the MLB Network.
Santomauro brings with him nine years of business planning experience while with the Miss Universe Organization, where he was responsible for all financial and strategic planning that ensured the development and growth of the company.
Prior to his work with Trump and NBC, Santomauro spent nine years as the Director of Finance for CBS Sports. During his time at CBS, Santomauro handled day to day finance and business planning functions as well as supported live special events including the 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics.
Senior Vice President, Operations and Engineering
Susan Stone is Senior Vice President, Operations and Engineering for MLB Network.
Stone oversees all production and studio operations as well as remote operations, such as on-site MLB Network production operations, game broadcasts, Spring Training shows and All-Star Game studio shows.
Stone most recently served as Remote Operations Executive for NFL Network for over two years. Prior to NFL Network, Stone served as Director Production Services, CBS Sports; and Director Production Management & Venue Operations, NBC Olympics.