Kroenke Sports & Entertainment said it has named former Comcast SportsNet Houston president and general manager Matt Hutchings to the newly created position of executive vice president and chief operating officer, while promoting senior vice president and general counsel Stephen Stieneker to EVP.
Hutchings returns to KSE after spending two years at regional sports network Comcast SportsNet Houston, where he directed the build out of the network from its inception. CSN Houston serves a five-state region and is the home network of three of Houston’s professional sports teams: the Astros (MLB), Rockets (NBA) and Dynamo (MLS). On Sept. 27, CSN Houston filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Just prior to launching CSN Houston, Hutchings spent eight years with KSE in several senior executive roles, including President and CEO of Altitude Sports & Entertainment, a network he helped launch in 2004. In his new role, management of KSE TV operations, including Altitude, Outdoor Channel and KSE’s interest in WFN: World Fishing Network, KSE venue operations, Soccer and Lacrosse operations and merchandise operations will report to Hutchings. Hutchings begins his new role effective immediately.
“Leaving my hometown and an incredible network I believe in was a difficult decision, but the opportunity to rejoin Kroenke Sports & Entertainment and to work with Stan and Josh Kroenke and Jim Martin was one I couldn’t turn down,” Hutchings said in a statement. “KSE is such an important part of the Rocky Mountain area, and I’m excited to help build on its solid foundation and highly regarded reputation.”
KSE CEO Jim Martin said: “Matt is a well-respected and accomplished business and sports executive, and his return comes at an exciting period of growth throughout KSE. We have a strong executive team in place and Matt will enhance it even further. He already has great respect throughout the company and strong roots in the community and will be instrumental in helping us achieve our continuing goal of improving the experience of our fans and patrons, television viewers, and corporate and civic partners.” Stieneker joined KSE in November 2005. During his time with the company, he has managed legal affairs of KSE and its family of sports teams while also working closely with several other Kroenke-owned businesses. Stieneker played a crucial role in KSE bringing the 2008 Democratic National Convention to Denver and Pepsi Center, the opening of 1STBANK Center, acquiring Outdoor Channel and KSE’s interest in WFN, and brokering the deal for the Pepsi Center’s new state-of-the-art center hung scoreboard. In his expanded role, he will also oversee KSE’s Human Resources and Risk Management departments.
“Stephen has done an outstanding job managing KSE’s legal department,” Martin said in a statement. “His keen grasp of the intersection of legal and business issues has made him a key contributor to our executive team. This promotion and increase in responsibility are a direct result of our high confidence in his skills and judgment.”
Denver-based Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) is one of the largest owners of sports teams in the U.S. Among its holdings include the Colorado Avalanche (NHL), Denver Nuggets (NBA), Colorado Mammoth (NLL) and Colorado Rapids (MLS). SE television properties include Altitude Sports & Entertainment, Outdoor Channel and an interest in WFN: World Fishing Network, plus Altitude Authentics, the company’s official retail provider, and TicketHorse, the official ticketing provider for KSE teams and venues.