Michael Spirito

Fox Regional Sports Networks, VP, Business Development and Digital Media

Michael Spirito joined the YES Network in August 2006 as director of business development and was promoted to VP of business development and digital media in September 2008. Spirito’s duties include identifying new revenue opportunities, overseeing YES’ digital media initiatives, and having a hand in all strategic and growth initiatives at YES.

In July 2014, Spirito was elevated to the newly created position of VP of business development and digital media at Fox Sports Regional Sports Networks. In this capacity, he is responsible for the digital business and strategy of all 22 Fox RSNs, including YES. Spirito also liaises with Fox Sports national on matters of content and distribution.

Under Spirito’s watch, YESNetwork.com has won two New York Emmy Awards for best sports web site and was named “Best Web Site: Regional/Local Programmer” by CableFAX in 2016, 2015, 2013, and 2011. Spirito also helped create MyYES, a first-of-its-kind social media platform hosted by YESNetwork.com, as well as second screen applications for both the Yankees and Nets. YESNetwork.com traffic has increased over 250% over the past five years under Spirito’s watch.

In 2009, Spirito played a lead role in negotiating, executing, and operating the first local in-market live game streaming product in MLB history, Yankees on YES Broadband. The landmark transaction marked the first time an authenticated ‘TV Everywhere’ product was offered in professional sports, combining the operations, resources, and marketing of YES, MLB, and major video distributors (Cablevision, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon included). Spirito has further played a lead role in the launch of YES’ national cable network, YES’s acquisition of soccer programming, and various other corporate initiatives.

Spirito graduated Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Spirito is also a 2006 graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  Prior to entering Stanford in 2004, Spirito was a founding member and senior manager of Time Warner Ventures. From 1998 to 2000, Spirito was an investment banking analyst in the media and telecommunications group at Credit Suisse First Boston Corporation in New York.

Spirito was named to Multichannel News’ “40 under 40” list in 2010. In 2015, he was named to CableFAX’s “Digital Hot List” for the seventh consecutive year.

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