Jon Litner is Group President for NBC Sports Group, overseeing the NBC Sports Regional Networks and The Golf Channel businesses.
Prior to his current role, Litner was named President, VERSUS and Comcast Sports Group on February 2, 2011 and oversaw all aspects of VERSUS and NBC Sports Regional Networks, which consists of 14 local networks in the country’s top markets that deliver more than 2,400 live games and comprehensive news and original programming to more than 50 million sports fans. NBC Sports Regional Networks are Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, SNY, CSS, Comcast Sports Southwest and Comcast SportsNet Houston.
Previously Litner served as president of SNY, the official television home of the New York Mets and Jets and produced the largest year-to-year MLB viewership increase in 2006 during its inaugural season. Before launching SNY, Litner was the executive vice president, chief operating officer of the NHL, where he managed U.S. and Canadian broadcasting, digital media, public relations, special events, new business development, game scheduling and in-house television production.
Litner began his career in sports television at Capital Cities/ABC, Inc., and held several senior-level legal and business positions from 1991 to 1999, including programming acquisitions and talent negotiations. Litner negotiated ABC Sports’ acquisition of MLB television rights for 1994 and 1995, oversaw ABC’s coverage of college sports, motor sports, boxing and Wide World of Sports programming, and played a leading role in creating the Bowl Championship Series and a college football national championship game. While at ABC, Mr. Litner worked on the creation of the Baseball Network, a joint venture with NBC, and served as vice president of business affairs for the Baseball Network in 1994 and 1995.
Litner is a 1985 graduate of Yale and earned his law degree from Cornell Law School in 1988. He has been recognized by publications including BusinessWeek, Sports Business Journal and CableFax for his leadership in the sports media industry. Litner is a member of the Little League International Board of Directors.
Litner and his wife, Polly, have three children and reside in the Philadelphia area.