Patty Power

CBS Sports, EVP, Operations and Engineering

Patty Power was named EVP of operations and engineering in April 2016. She most recently served as SVP of operations and administration for CBS Sports Network, the first 24-hour college sports network. In her expanded role, Power is responsible for the day-to-day management of operations and engineering including production management, technical management, network operations, commercial operations, postproduction, and media services for all CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network’s broadcast and cable properties. She is also responsible for the technical production of over 350 remotes and hundreds of hours of studio and original programming annually on CBS Sports Network, in addition to overseeing and facilitating all major operations-related deals.

Power, an industry veteran and executive with a wide-ranging knowledge of sports television start-ups, has extensive experience in operations, production planning, and administration. An integral part to CBS Sports Network’s growth and success since its inception, Power helped launch the independent network (then CSTV), which debuted in April 2003 and was acquired by CBS in January 2006. She also helped establish and launch the network’s VOD product. Under her direction, CBS Sports Network has grown into a multi-media leader in the industry, which is available to over 95 million households.

Power continues to be responsible for the distribution and quality control of CBS Sports Network’s signal, including affiliate authorization, compliance, NOC, and commercial operations. Under her direction, CBS Sports Network built out a 20,000 square-foot production facility at Chelsea Piers in New York City that included studio and post-production facilities, and a state-of-the-art digital archive management system. In addition, she helped spearhead the CBS Sports Network’s upgrade to HD production programming and distribution.

Power came to CBS Sports Network from Major League Baseball Productions, where she was VP of operations. In that role, she managed the day-to-day operations of the production unit, served as the operations liaison with all 30 MLB teams, managed the footage and licensing department, and oversaw the build out of MLB Production’s 25,000 square-foot, multi-level production facility in Chelsea Market in New York City.

Prior to that, Power was VP of operations for Classic Sports Network (ESPN Classic). As the first employee hired in the Operations department, she was responsible for building the Operations and Engineering department that launched Classic Sports Network. Power also worked at Showtime Networks as a production manager in operations and at NBC Sports. In addition, she served as a production manager for a variety of major events including the XXVI Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta, GA; the Three Tenors in Concert in Los Angeles, CA; and Pavarotti in the Park, in Central Park in New York City.

Power is an executive board member of the Sports Video Group and is a member of the National Association of Professional Women. She graduated from Farmingdale State College with a B.A. in business management.

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