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The Olympic Collision of Sports and News - Sean McManus

Complete video at: CBS News and Sports President Sean McManus recalls his father's reporting on the terrorist attacks at the 1972 Olympics, and comments on instances in which sports and news collide. ----- Sean McManus discusses Sports and News Television in America as part of Sport in America during the 2008 Chautauqua Institution morning lecture series. Sean McManus was named president of CBS Sports in 1996 and president of CBS News in 2005. He is only the second person to hold both division titles simultaneously. As president of CBS Sports, McManus led the organization's efforts in acquiring broadcast rights to the National Football League. He serves as executive producer overseeing all aspects of CBS Sports' coverage of the NFL, including production, on-air talent, advertising, and promotion. During McManus' more than ten years as president of the division, CBS Sports has become the year-round leader in network sports television. In 1999, he led CBS to an unprecedented landmark agreement with the NCAA which became the most comprehensive sports agreement in history. He also reached new multi-year agreements regarding broadcast rights with the PGA Tour and the PGA Championship. Additionally, he extended CBS' broadcast agreements with the United States Tennis Association, the Big Ten conference, and the Southeastern Conference (SEC) football and basketball agreements through 2008. As president of CBS News, McManus has undertaken a restructuring and retooling of the division, both in front of and behind the camera. Most notable on the on-air side was the April 2006 announcement that Katie Couric would join CBS News as the new anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News and a correspondent for 60 Minutes.
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