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Legends Behind the Lens: George Bodenheimer

05/06/2020

Legends Behind the Lens: George Bodenheimer He rose from the mailroom to become one of the most influential leaders in sports television history By Brandon Costa, Director of Digital

Friday, June 5, 2020 - 12:00 pm

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The story of American sports television is engrained in the history of this nation, rising on the achievements of countless incredible men and women who never once appeared on our screens. During this pause in live sports, SVG is proud to present a celebration of this great industry. Legends Behind the Lens is a look at how we got here seen through the people who willed it to be. Each weekday, we will share with you the story of a person whose impact on the sports-television industry is indelible.

Legends Behind the Lens is presented in association with the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame and the SVG Sports Broadcasting Fund. In these trying times - with so many video-production professionals out of work - we hope that you will consider (if you are able) donating to the Sports Broadcasting Fund. Do so by visiting sportsbroadcastfund.org.

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My first day at ESPN was a rather sharp awakening to my duties, recalls George Bodenheimer, former president of ESPN, of his first day working in the mailroom at the then fledgling network. I wore a coat and tie to work, and that lasted about 30 minutes as I was moving boxes, delivering mail, and going back and forth to the airport.

Those trips back and forth to the airport, and the opportunity to deliver mail to everyone in the office, put Bodenheimer in a key spot within the organization to learn, learn, and learn.

During the 40-minute ride to Bradley airport, I would take advantage of the opportunity to talk to people about their lines of work, what they did, and how they liked it, he says. It was every educational.

ESPN SVP/CTO Chuck Pagano was working in the ESPN engineering department in those early days and recalls Bodenheimer's visits.

He always had that inquisitive look in his eyes as he surveyed what I was doing in that electronics cavern, says Pagano. I tried to give him a quick and non-techie description of what I was doing, and he digested everything I gave him. He had the curiosity of an engineer in him from his very first days at ESPN.

That inquisitive nature was the first step in a career that today has culminated in a role as executive chairman for ESPN. In between, he worked his way up the ladder through sales and then, 14 years ago, was named president. During his time as president, Bodenheimer oversaw massive growth in the company that lay to rest any thoughts about the validity of sports-content creation and distribution. By January of this year, when he was appointed executive chairman, ESPN had grown to eight domestic TV networks, 48 international networks, 12 HD services, 18 Websites, and much, much more. And through it all, storytelling and technology were front and center.

George is a once in a generation leader. He is ESPN. And for all of his incredible accomplishments, he is truly the same great person that he was when he started [at ESPN] over 30 years ago. former ESPN executive Jed Drake

George is a once in a generation leader, says Jed Drake, ESPN, SVP and executive producer. He IS ESPN. And for all of his incredible accomplishments, he is truly the same great person that he was when he started here over 30 years ago.

Prior to becoming president, Bodenheimer was responsible for affiliate sales, advertising sales, marketing, and research for all of ESPN's domestic networks, a career path that began with his applying for a job as an affiliate sales representative in Texas. When he took the job, there was still much uncertainty about whether a 24-hour sports network was viable, but he quickly learned that there was a business model.

In the hundreds of small towns, we would have the same conversation with the cable operator: a 24-hour sports network is crazy, but this is a sports town, so we will give it a try. And that never varied, whether it was high school, college, or professional sports.

Cable operators' passion for sports programming lent additional credence to the ESPN mission of serving the sports fan anytime and anywhere. And technology played an important part.

When he took over as the leader in our sales department, I remember him telling me that he had to know more about technology because that was where our distribution partners were headed, Pagano recalls. He saw the future of his business needing a strong technical component years before it was apparent to others.

Among the technology successes under Bodenheimer's watch was the launch of a massive digital center (a second one is under construction) in Bristol, CT; the debut of the nation's first 1080p-capable broadcast center, in Los Angeles; and the launch of the nation's first HD sports network in 2001.

Whether it is HD, 3D, or putting content on mobile phones, we know the mission of the company is to be there first for the fans, adds Bodenheimer. It's an innovative spirit that drives the company, and I give all the credit to the employees.

The video in this profile was originally produced in 2012. For more on the life and career of this industry legend, visit their profile at the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
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