Major League Soccer

Vice President, Local TV

US-New York
ID
2017-1324
# of Openings
1
Category
Media

Overview

Working closely with MLS leadership and Club leadership, the VP, Local Media is responsible for the day-to-day oversight and implementation of a new strategic initiative to drive value, revenue and relevance for local Clubs via their existing and new media partnerships.  Each Club requires a unique media strategy and distribution platform.

Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the fundamental shift in the League’s approach to local media with an emphasis on increasing value and revenue for Clubs via local media partnerships
  • Lead discussions with Clubs for media rights strategy planning, exploring traditional and new media distribution opportunities
  • Work with content distribution leadership team to develop long-term distribution and media plans for Clubs and League
  • In coordination with Clubs and Legal, proactively manage the negotiation process for local media agreements
  • Coordinate with Legal to create a standard term sheet for local media agreements to identify potential new media partners for in-market streaming and over the top (OTT) opportunities
  • Work with Brand Marketing to develop local broadcast tune-in and promotion plans
  • Assist in development and implementation of local broadcast production minimums and standards
  • Track local broadcasts to monitor/enforce minimum standards
  • Coordinate with internal departments to create an announcer education and training program
  • Assist in process and timeline for League-wide broadcast infrastructure project
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned

Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; JD, MBA and/or related advanced degree preferred
  • 12+ years of experience; prior experience in business affairs a plus
  • 8+ years of experience in media distribution with a sports property or media rights agency
  • 5+ years of experience in local TV business preferred

 

Required Skills

  • Experience managing business affairs and deal negotiations in a multiplatform landscape
  • Hands on experience in developing distribution strategies for all media platforms
  • Strong understanding of international media landscape and industry relationships
  • Exceptional strategic thinking and analytics skills
  • Ability to lead cross functional projects and teams
  • Superior organization, project management skills and attention to detail
  • High level of commitment to quality work product and organizational ethics, integrity and compliance
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast paced, team environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate, both written and verbally
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Demonstrated decision making and problem-solving skills
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines with minimal supervision
  • Ability to travel 50% of the time and to work non-traditional hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays 

 

Desired Skills

  • Understanding of the sports media landscape
  • Knowledge of the Spanish Language (business proficiency)
  • Knowledge of the sport of soccer

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