Tracy Dolgin

President/CEO, YES Network

Years in Cable: 24

Education: Undergraduate, Cornell; MBA, Stanford

Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Make changes when things are good.

Ray Hopkins

COO, YES Network

Years in Cable: 22

Education: BA, Gettysburg College; Executive Education Program, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern

Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Combine a passion with a profession.

With Hopkins and Dolgin in the driver’s seat, YES Network is on track to be the most-watched regional sports network for the ninth straight year. That’s quite a record. YES is up to nearly 15 million subscribers, and revenues keep rolling in. Its ad sales team produced its best Yankees season, revenue-wise, this year as 2011 also saw more than 250 advertisers on air. In addition, YESNetwork.com has enjoyed a 331% increase in page views since January 2008. It seems Dolgin was destined for this kind of success. When he was 9 years old, he told his mother he would know that he “made it” when he could afford Yankees season tickets.

Tracy Dolgin

The one burning question I have for Siri on my iPhone 4S: Why?

If I had to pick a personal theme song, it would be… “Before They Make Me Run,” Rolling Stones

The one thing I tell my kids about success in life: “You got to pay your dues if you want to sing the blues, and you know it don’t come easy.” (Ringo Star) 

Bands I would actually go see live: Grateful Dead, The Who

The top 3 most played selections on my iPod: “Bertha” (Grateful Dead) “Baba O’Riley” (The Who), “I’ve Loved These Days (Billy Joel)
My favorite sports team: 
Green Bay Packers. Oops! I mean the New York Yankees.

My guilty television pleasure is: “The League”

If I could only have authenticated online access to 5 cable networks (not affiliated with my company), they would be:FX, ESPN, AMC, CNBC, HBO

How many companies have you worked for since graduating from college?
5 (General Foods, HBO, Fox, Houlihan Lokey, YES Network)

Ray Hopkins

My favorite “going out” town: Las Vegas

The worst thing I’ve ever heard someone say in a meeting: 
“I didn’t hit budget”

My favorite vacation spot
:
Grand Exuma, Bahamas

My guilty television pleasure:
 
“Modern Family”

How many companies have you worked for since graduating from college?
 5 (Marion Laboratories; CNBC; Fox, Gemstar-TV Guide; YES Network)
 

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