Co-President and Co-COO
FOX Sports Media Group
Randy Freer was named Co-President and Co-COO of FOX Sports Media Group in January 2011. In this role, Freer is primarily responsible for the business operations and media rights acquisitions for the Fox Sports Media Group, which includes linear television networks, digital, mobile, and broadband platforms, and joint-venture businesses. He previously had been serving as President of FOX Sports Networks (FSN), the largest regional sports network group in the U.S. Freer is based at Fox’s Los Angeles headquarters and reports directly to David Hill, Chairman and CEO, FOX Sports Media Group.
In the short time since assuming his new role, Freer has focused on growing FOX Sports portfolio of media rights, particularly in college sports. He oversaw negotiations that led to new long-term agreements with the Pac-12, Big 12, Big Ten, and C-USA. He also played a significant role in the recent acquisition of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and was a key member of Fox’s negotiating teams in recent attempts to secure the Olympics and Wimbledon. Freer also continues oversight of FSN’s local media rights agreements with its NBA, MLB, and NHL teams.
Freer’s significant influence in the sports media industry has been recognized by a variety of trade and business publications. Both Business Week and Sports Business Journal have named him one of the most influential people in the business of sports on multiple occasions. Freer is also a recurring selection on the CableFax 100 annual list of “Cable’s Heavy Hitters.”
In addition to his duties with the FOX Sports Media Group, Freer serves on the board of directors of the Big Ten Network, providing strategic oversight and leadership as the network continues to grow its distribution.
Prior to being named President of FSN in January 2007, Freer was Chief Operating Officer for Fox Sports Networks, a position he held from September 2001. Previously, he served as executive vice president, overseeing all business development and day-to-day operations for FSN. In addition, Freer worked on creating new Internet and digital platform business opportunities, including the re-launch of the FOXSports.com website.
Freer joined Fox in 1997 after serving for three years as Senior Vice President, Business Affairs at Active Entertainment, an animation syndication firm. Prior to that, he spent nine years at Turner Broadcasting, the last two as Executive Vice President, Entertainment Sales. In that position, Freer was responsible for overseeing all advertising sales for Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) and Turner Network Television (TNT), as well as the Cartoon Network.
In 2010, Freer was named to the board of directors of the After-School All-Stars, one of the nation’s leading providers of year-round, school-based, comprehensive after-school programs.
Freer attended St. Joseph’s College in North Windham, Maine and graduated with degrees in Business and History.