Industry veteran Dan Ronayne has been named executive vice president and general manager of MSG Networks.
Ronanyne, reporting to MSG Media president Michael Bair, is charged day-to-day oversight for all activities of MSG and MSG Plus, including programming, marketing and advertising sales for the two networks. Ronayne will work closely with all divisions of Madison Square Garden and Cablevision to leverage the networks' assets to build a broad promotional platform for the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Liberty, Madison Square Garden and its affiliated brands.
Prior to joining MSG Media, he was executive vice president and general manager of Rainbow Media's VOD networks where he was responsible for all operations including programming, advertising sales/sponsorship, marketing and new media. Ronayne, who has spent more than 20 years in sports TV, began his career with Rainbow Media in 1987 working at Prism in Philadelphia and later held a variety of executive positions at SportsChannel and Fox Sports Net.
"Dan has a wealth of experience in the sports and television industry, and is the perfect executive for MSG Networks. We are thrilled to have him lead the organization as we continue to grow our brands and find ways to maximize viewership," said Bair in a statement. "Having known Dan for almost 20 years, I can say that he is a knowledgeable and well-respected leader, with a history that proves he is an innovative thinker who can develop successful content businesses across all platforms."
Noted RonayneL"As a lifelong sports fan, having the opportunity to work for two of the oldest and most celebrated regional sports networks in the country, and the world's most famous arena is a tremendous opportunity. I look forward to utilizing my experience in television to capitalize on MSG Networks powerful brands and help establish exciting new initiatives and programming that will create unique experiences for our audience and advertisers."