After nearly eight years with Sportsnet and NHL Properties, president Scott Moore has resigned from Rogers Communications Inc. Moore leaves Sportsnet on good terms and proud of what he helped accomplished.
“Somebody asked me recently for a resume. I looked at it and it said I specialized in startups and turnarounds,” Moore said. “Sportsnet is neither of those things any more. It’s a mature business, it’s a successful business and I feel good about leaving it in the condition it is in.”
Moore is the last to leave of three executives who together acquired national broadcast rights for the NHL in 2013, a 12-year $5.2 billion deal. It was an unprecedented gain for the Canadian network as CBC previously held the rights to Hockey night in Canada for 62 years.
With its NHL partnership, as well as their regional coverage of the Maple Leafs and Blue Jays, the network has consistently been able to beat Canada’s TSN in ratings for the first time since Sportsnet launched in 1998.
“Scott’s passion and commitment to sports are unparalleled. He has cultivated a winning team, which continues to deliver the best and most innovative sports coverage and experiences to fans across the country,” said Rogers Media president, Rick Brace in a press release. Brace will take over Moore’s Sportsnet responsibilities during the interim, while the company simultaneously searches for a successor.
Although Moore is leaving Sportsnet, he’ll still search for his next venture as he has no plans of retiring from the industry. “I’m just looking for the next build,” said the 56-year old Moore. “If you look out in the world there’s a ton of new businesses and a ton of interesting things happening in the media business.”