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, 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)

The Daily


Rogers, Shaw Get Final Green Light to Merge

Rogers officially has the go-ahead to purchase Shaw , thanks to a statement of approval from François-Philippe Champagne , Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.

Read the Full Issue
The Skinny is delivered on Tuesday and focuses on the cable profession. You'll stay in the know on the headlines, topics and special issues you value most. Sign Up


Mar 31
The FAXIES Awards 2023 Final Deadline: Friday, March 31
Apr 28
Top Ops & Regional RainmakersNominations Due: April 28
May 19
The Diversity List – 2023First Deadline: May 12; Final Deadline: May 19
Aug 18
Most Powerful Women – 2023Deadline: Aug. 11; Final Deadline: Aug. 18
Full Calendar


Seeking an INDUSTRY JOB?

Hiring? In conjunction with our sister brand, Cynopsis, we are offering hiring managers a deep pool of media-savvy, skilled candidates at a range of experience levels and sectors, The result will be an even more robust industry job board, to help both employers and job seekers.

Contact [email protected] for more information.