Sean Bratches
Title: EVP, Sales and Marketing, ESPN
Last Year: #29
Age: -Less
Education: Rochester Institute of Technology, BS

Why Him? A devout exponent of multi-platform content, Bratches has been instrumental in driving ESPN toward its goal of serving sports fans regardless of their consumption method. The sports leader is virtually peerless when it comes to cross-promotion (viewer email on TV, for example) and offering manifold viewing/listening options through labyrinthine and comprehensive espn.com. Indeed, you’re more likely to hear Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones speaking modestly than to find an ESPN sales and marketing deal that doesn’t include rights to just about every platform.

Worth Watching: Just how much more can ESPN and Bratches push the multi-platform envelope?

Year Ahead:
ESPN is looking to lock down some serious properties, including the Olympic Games.

Favorite Teams: NY Giants/Yankees/Knicks/Rangers

Favorite Food: Dark chocolate

Favorite Restaurant: Peter Luger

Drink of Choice: Arnold Palmer

Favorite Music: Rock from ’60s, ’70s

Favorite Part of My Job: Working with the many talented people at ESPN

Cable’s Biggest Challenge: Competing in a marketplace free of government regulation

I Wish My Kids Would: Stay young a little while longer

Hero: My bride

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