David Preschlack was named President, NBC Sports Regional Networks, and NBC Sports Group Platform and Content Strategy, in January 2016. He is responsible for nine NBC Sports Regional Networks in top markets across the country, and manages relationships with MLB, NBA and NHL team partners. Preschlack also leads the entire NBC Sports platform strategy with existing and to-be-developed content.
Preschlack led NBC Sports Regional Networks’ recent brand evolution, which united all of the previously CSN-branded networks, and two TCNs, under the NBC Sports umbrella. In 2017, under Preschlack’s preview, the NBC Sports Regional Networks also hosted their first esports tournament, Universal Open: Rocket League, launched their first local direct-to-consumer streaming product, NBC Sports Gold’s “Blazers Pass,” and saw two of their networks finish as No. 1 in their respective markets.
Previously, Preschlack served as Executive Vice President, Affiliate Sales and Marketing, Disney and ESPN Networks Group, where he handled oversight of content distributed on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices, including WatchESPN, ESPN3, WATCH ABC, WATCH ABC Family and the WATCH Disney products. He also oversaw the U.S. cable, telco and satellite affiliate sales, global distribution and strategy, digital video distribution and affiliate marketing for 16 of The Walt Disney Company’s linear networks (inclusive of all sports offerings), as well as their HDTV, video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand, interactive television and pay-per-view products.
Preschlack joined ESPN in 1995 as a videotape librarian, and was promoted to various levels through the affiliate sales and marketing department. Prior to his most recent role, he was Senior Vice President, affiliate sales and marketing, Disney & ESPN Media Network Group, overseeing sales, business strategy, affiliate ad sales and affiliate marketing for all Disney and ESPN products and services in the U.S. Before that, Preschlack was Senior Vice President of national accounts, with responsibility for all domestic distribution and licensing efforts for The Walt Disney Company’s assets within the media networks group.
Preschlack was named three times to SportsBusiness Journal’s “Forty Under 40” list, earning him an induction into the award’s Hall of Fame, and received the 2013 NCTA Vanguard Award for Young Leadership, among other industry honors.
Preschlack is a graduate of Denison University with a bachelor’s degree in economics, and serves on the Board of Directors at Make a Wish Connecticut. He resides in Connecticut with his wife and their four children.