MLB and NHL Network Vice President to Serve as Executive in Residence in Sport Management
Brent Fisher ’03 M.S., senior vice president for distribution, affiliate sales, and marketing for the MLB and NHL Networks, will visit campus throughout the year and host students at the MLB and NHL Networks studios in New Jersey.
August 1, 2018
By Dave Cranshaw, Office of Marketing & Communications
Brent Fisher ’03 M.S. credits professor Gil Fried and his experiences as a graduate student in sport management for putting his career on the fast track.
"The University of New Haven provided a plethora of opportunities for me when I was a student that enabled me to get a high-quality education while also opening professional doors that have led me to where I am today," he says. "Professor Fried was a wonderful mentor to me when I was a student, and he has done a phenomenal job shepherding and growing the sport management program to its current heights."
Fisher, a former professional basketball player, who is now senior vice president for distribution, affiliate sales, and marketing for the MLB and NHL Networks, says it is his turn to give back, which he will do as an executive in residence in the University’s sport management department.
He’ll visit campus through the 2019-19 academic year to mentor students about his career as a professional athlete and his 15-year career working for the official TV networks of the NFL, the NHL and MLB. He’ll also hosts students for visits to the MLB and NHL Networks in New Jersey.
"I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts and experiences from my years in the sports media industry, and I am eager to learn from the students about some of their media viewing and consumption patterns and understand how they see the media world evolving."Brent Fisher ’03 M.S.
A four-year member of Cornell’s basketball team, Fisher went on to play professionally for four years in Portugal and Israel and in the United States Basketball League. At the end of his playing days, he enrolled at the University of New Haven.
As a graduate student, he volunteered for the Yale athletics department and interned at ESPN.
"Balancing my graduate studies along with the variety of real-world experiences provided me with a strong sense of business/sports management principles and helped instill a hard-working and tireless spirit, which I think is integral to professional success," he said.
The sport management department’s executive in residence program was launched 25 years ago to bring high-level leaders to campus to interact with and mentor students.
"The sport industry has grown significantly based on the strength of the media and broadcasting industries," says Fried. "Given the changing dynamics in the current media landscape, Brent will be a great resource in helping to share with our students different ideas and thoughts about how the media industry is evolving and adapting to some of these changes. We are so proud to have him return to campus."