Sean McManus (television executive)

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Sean J. McManus (born February 16, 1955) is the Chairman of CBS Sports and was the President of both CBS Sports and CBS News from 2005 to 2011.[1] He is the son of sportscaster Jim McKay.[2] Sean graduated from Fairfield College Preparatory School, a private Jesuit high school in Fairfield, Connecticut. Sean McManus began his career at ABC News in 1977 following his graduation from Duke University.

Sean McManus was closely associated with Roone Arledge and has paralleled Arledge's path from managing sports broadcasting to managing both sports and news broadcasting.

Early career[edit]

In 1977, McManus began working as a production assistant and associate producer at ABC Sports.[3] In 1979, he moved to NBC Sports and in 1982, aged 27, he became its vice-president of program development.[3] Here he first became involved in rights negotiations, for sports such as the Olympic Games, football, tennis, basketball, horse racing and auto racing.[3]

In 1987, he became a senior vice-president of American TV sales and programming for Trans World International, the television division of sports marketing firm International Management Group.[3]

Career at CBS[edit]

McManus was named President, CBS Sports, in November 1996.[3] Here, he continued active in negotiating broadcast rights deals for major American sports, such as the National Football League, the NCAA, the PGA Tour and Southeastern Conference (SEC) football and basketball,[3] he also oversaw a logo redesign for CBS Sports, and rebranded CSTV’s cable and digital businesses as CBS College Sports Network in 2008, and as CBS Sports Network in 2011.[3] He co-launched the digital network CBS Sports HQ in 2018.[3]

McManus supervised several Super Bowl broadcasts, including Super Bowl XLVII, Super Bowl LIII, and Super Bowl 50, which was covered round-the-clock for one week, and became "the most-watched single broadcast in television history" at the time.[3]

McManus was named President, CBS News, in October 2005, and continued to serve concurrently as president of sports;[3] as president of news, he oversaw building of a new newsroom and control room in New York[3] and he created the award-winning series CBS Reports: Children of the Recession. [3]

He was instrumental in Katie Couric's move to the anchor of CBS Evening News in 2006, and assigned Lara Logan to foreign affairs, Chip Reid to the White House, Armen Keteyian to investigative reporting and Byron Pitts to national affairs.[3] Among the reporters he has hired are Erica Hill and Chris Wragge of The Early Show and sports announcers Greg Gumbel, Dick Enberg, Verne Lundquist, Phil Simms, Dan Dierdorf, Lesley Visser, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe, Dan Marino, Nick Faldo, Bill Cowher, Greg Anthony, Clark Kellogg, Jim Rome, Bart Scott, Tony Gonzalez, and Tony Romo.[3]

He is executive producer of Inside the NFL on Showtime. [3]


During McManus's tenure as president of CBS News, CBS News led American networks in major awards, including 19 Emmy Awards.[3] Personally, he has won 15 Emmy Awards[3] and the Cynopsis Sports Media Legacy Award,[3] he was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame in 2010[3] and the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2016.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Sean McManus lives in Connecticut with his wife and children.


  1. ^ "Sean McManus". Crunchbase. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  2. ^ Kelly, Jacques. "Margaret Dempsey McManus dies at 89," The Baltimore Sun, Friday, October 16, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Sean McManus". CBS Press Express. Archived from the original on 9 October 2019. Retrieved 9 October 2019.

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Business positions
Preceded by
Andrew Heyward
David Kenin
CBS News President
CBS Sports President

Succeeded by
Jeff Fager
David Berson