Jon Miller is President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network where he oversees programming and is prominently involved in sales for both networks. Previously, Miller served as Executive Vice President, NBC Sports since November 2006. He reports to Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group.
Miller, who is credited for co-creating the NHL Winter Classic – an event that the New York Times said “has stolen New Years Day” – oversees nearly 9,000 hours of annual programming on NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network including the Triple Crown and its surrounding horse racing coverage, the NHL, French Open, Notre Dame Football, MLS, Tour de France, IndyCar and NBC’s golf properties, which include the PGA TOUR’s Players Championship and Presidents Cup, the PGA of America’s Ryder Cup and the USGA Championships including the U.S. Open. Miller, who has been with NBC for more than three decades, is also responsible for original programming on the NBC Sports Network and has been integral in creating programs such as NBC SportsTalk, Pro Football Talk, NFL Turning Point and MLB Caught Looking.
Most recently, Miller has been instrumental in the acquisition of some of the world’s top sports properties, helping solidify multi-year agreements for Formula One, the top international open-wheel racing series and the Premier League, the preeminent soccer league in the world.
An innovative and resourceful leader, Miller created the successful NBC Sports Ventures unit, which generates income from non-traditional revenue streams and does not rely merely on advertising as the sole source of income. The unit acquires and develops new and existing sports properties, and is actively involved in the organization, marketing and promotion of the events. Properties under that umbrella include the highly successful American Century Golf Championship, the Tyco Golf Skills Challenge and the USA Rugby 7’s World Series and Collegiate Championships.
Successful events/shows he has created include PNC’s Father/Son Challenge, National Heads-Up Poker Championship; the U.S. Army All-American Bowl; the Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge; and the National Dog Show, which has become a Thanksgiving Day tradition.
Previously Miller served as Vice President, Program Planning and Development, NBC Sports, starting in 1988. He was previously an account executive in the NBC Sports & Olympics sales department. He has been with NBC since October 1978, beginning his career as an account executive at WRC-TV, the NBC television station in Washington, D.C.
Miller, who was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Bethesda, Md., graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He and his wife, Jan, have two sons, Jeff and Robby, and live in Demarest, N.J.