President and Chief Executive Officer, MLB Network
Tony Petitti, the president and chief executive officer of MLB Network, oversees all of the network's day-to-day operations, production and programming. Petitti was at the helm of the launch of the network, which debuted on January 1, 2009 in 50 million cable and satellite homes, exceeding any other cable television launch in history by approximately 20 million homes. Entering the 2010 MLB Championship Season, MLB Network is available in 55 million homes.
In its first year on the air, MLB Network received media accolades for its coverage of the biggest events and headlines in baseball, including Spring Training, Trade Deadline, All-Star Game and Postseason. In March 2010, MLB Network was nominated for 12 Sports Emmy Awards for its first year, including Outstanding Daily Studio Show for its signature program, MLB Tonight. MLB Network was also nominated for a 2010 Sports Business Award for Best in Sports Television by Sports Business Journal.
Petitti joined the MLB Network after serving as the Executive Vice President and Executive Producer for CBS Sports, where he oversaw all daily operations, including production, personnel and editorial content. In January 2008, Petitti assumed responsibility for day-to-day operations of CSTV and was instrumental in its transformation to the CBS College Sports Network.
Petitti originally joined CBS Sports in February 1997 as Senior Vice President, Business Affairs and Programming, in which he played a key role in negotiating contract for continued coverage of the PGA Tour and the network's re-acquisition of the NFL. In August 1999, Tony became the Vice President and General Manager of WCBS-TV in New York before re-joining CBS Sports in 2002. The seven-time Emmy Award Winner was named Executive Producer in July 2002 and later appointed Executive Vice President in December 2005. In 2000, Sports Business Journal honored Petitti as part of its "40 Under 40" top executives in the industry.
Prior to joining CBS Sports, Petitti served as Senior Vice President, Negotiations for NBC Sports and as Vice President, Programming for ABC Sports. With ABC, Tony was responsible for the acquisitions of college football regular season and bowl games, college basketball, the Little League World Series and NASCAR events. In addition, he is credited for creating the Bowl Championship Series to determine college football's National Championship.
Petitti, who began his professional career in the field of law before joining ABC Sports in 1988, graduated from Haverford College in 1983 with a degree in economics and from Haverford Law School in 1986. In May 2006, Haverford selected Tony as the recipient of the prestigious Lawrence Forman Award, presented to a superior Haverford athlete who has devoted a significant portion of their energy to the betterment of society throughout his career.
Petitti currently resides with his family in Irvington, New York.