Zach Leonsis Named Sports Business Journal RSN Power Player

Zach Leonsis, vice president and general manager of Monumental Sports Network, has been named an RSN Power Player by the Sports Business Journal.

Leonsis oversees a true over-the-top digital network that focuses on local sports, producing live events from the WNBA, AFL, minor league hockey and local high schools as part of subscription-based service launched by Monumental Sports & Entertainment. Leonsis was part of the talks last year that set up a long-term partnership with NBC Sports Washington, with NBC Sports Group taking an equity interest in the OTT service and Monumental taking an equity interest in the RSN.

Regional sports networks are among the most profitable groups at companies like Comcast and 21st Century Fox. They have proved to be such good business that teams have launched their own RSNs or taken equity positions in existing ones. RSNs also represent some of the strongest bonds that fans have with their teams.

In the final Power Players recognition for 2017, SportsBusiness Journal staff writer John Ourand highlighted the executives, consultants and on-air talent who are out front in leading RSNs through this period of media disruption.