Martin, Wladika Exit Fox Sports1/16/2000 7:00 PM Eastern
One of the last remaining executives from the Liberty
Sports regime, Fox Sports Net executive Jim Martin, resigned last week.
Martin served as vice president and head of business
operations for Fox Sports Net and FX, overseeing much of the development for both
networks. He was one of several executives who moved over to Fox Sports Net from Liberty
Sports, where he was responsible for overseeing and managing Liberty's
owned-and-operated regional sports networks. Liberty Sports was merged into Fox Sports in
Martin said he's leaving the post to spend more time
with his family in Denver and to "give some deep thought" to his next
"I made the jump from Liberty Sports to Fox to help
build the national sports network we envisioned, and I'm proud to say that
today's Fox Sports Net is the successful result," he said in a prepared
Jeff Shell, president of Fox Channels Group, said in a
prepared statement that Martin's "vast knowledge of the industry was
instrumental to the creation of Fox Sports Net and to the overall success of our
In other Fox Sports personnel moves, the company's
senior vice president of media relations, Vince Wladika, also resigned last week, citing
family obligations. He recently adopted a child from Russia.
Wladika oversaw media relations for both broadcast and
cable for Fox Sports over his nearly six-year stint. He intends to continue to work with
Fox as a consultant, the company said.