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Howard Katz' biography
ABC Sports Online

Howard Katz was named president, ABC Sports, on March 25, 1999, moving from ESPN. Under his leadership, ABC Sports acquired or renewed the television rights for the NBA, the Indianapolis 500 and the Indy Racing league, the British Open, the PGA TOUR and the Little League World Series. Additionally, the contract to televise the Bowl Championship Series was extended, along with the addition of the Big East Conference college football and an extension of the Big 12 Conference. Mr. Katz is also credited with signing John Madden to join ABC's "Monday Night Football," and with creating the first-ever primetime golf match between Tiger Woods and David Duvall in August of 1999, as well as the subsequent follow-ups that have aired in primetime each summer.

Prior to his appointment to ABC Sports, Mr. Katz served as executive vice president, ESPN, where he oversaw all remote and studio production for ESPN's domestic and international activities, as well as the company's engineering and technical operations. His responsibilities extended to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPN Regional Television, ESPN Radio and ESPN International's worldwide networks.

Mr. Katz joined ESPN in May 1993 as senior vice president, Production. He played an integral role in the company's expansion, including the launch of ESPN2 and ESPNEWS, the growth of the ESPY Awards and the expansion of ESPN "SportsCenter" to a one-hour program. ESPN received numerous Sports Emmy Awards and CableACE Awards under his direction.

Before joining ESPN, Mr. Katz had been president and chief operating officer of Los Angeles-based OCC (formerly Ohlmeyer Communications). He worked at Trans World International in both New York and Los Angeles (1974-83) as vice president, responsible for TWI's television production and program development. He was at ABC Sports from 1971 to 1974.

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Howard Katz resigns as ABC Sports President