Randy Freer
Title: Co-President/COO, Fox Sports
Number of Years in Cable: 24
Education: St. Joseph’s College (Maine)
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: People matter.
 
Eric Shanks
Title: Co-President/COO, Fox Sports
Number of Years in Cable: 17
Education: Indiana University
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Bite off more than you can chew.

Why Them? Freer and Shanks oversee all entities within the Fox Sports Media Group, including powerhouse Fox Sports. Over the last year, they continued the evolution of the company’s multiplatform asset development, highlighting the roles of FSMG’s cable channels play within its media rights landscape. The pair continues to lead the charge on key negotiations. The FSMG scored the rights for the Men’s World Cup (Russia) in 2018, the Women’s World Cup in 2020 and the Men’s World Cup (Qatar) in 2022. Freer’s and Shanks’ leadership styles complement one another. While Freer is thoughtful, methodical and wields excellent prioritization skills, Shanks’ creativity and energy often yields innovative event coverage ideas.

Freer

Apple or Samsung? Samsung

The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? Stones

On a Saturday afternoon, you can find me… wherever my family is.

The biggest lesson I learned from my kid(s) this year was… what is truly important in life.

Shanks

Beatles or The Rolling Stones? Rolling Stones

Appetizer or dessert? Dessert!

Film fest or music festival? Film

The other subject I wish I’d picked for my college major: World history

Favorite decade: 1940s

I consider this person my mentor, and here’s why: David Hill. I learn something from him every day about a different aspect of life.

The movie that should never be remade: Iron Eagle 3 ?

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