Former Dolphins CEO Mike Dee named president of Entercom Sports – Sun Sentinel
In this newly developed position, Dee will be leading Entercom’s robust sports business with a focus on revenue development from national sales and marketing programs, new platform opportunities, key partnerships, expanded sports distribution, direct-to-consumer offerings and other entrepreneurial initiatives at the national level. He will be responsible for elevating Entercom’s position as a leading sports media partner in support of the company’s expansive suite of local sports radio stations and personalities and sports play-by-play relationships.
In February, Entercom and CBS Radio announced an agreement to combine radio divisions. In South Florida, Entercom is the parent company of The Ticket (790-AM) and CBS runs WQAM (560-AM), raising questions about the future of the area’s primary sports talk radio stations.
Dee, who most recently served as president and chief operating officer of the San Diego Padres and was previously CEO of the Boston Red Sox, will be based in Philadelphia and will report to David Field, president and chief executive officer at Entercom.
“I am thrilled to join Entercom during this exciting time in the company’s history,” Dee said. “I look forward to building on Entercom’s terrific footprint of outstanding sports properties to deliver the maximum ROI for the company and our stakeholders.”
During his tenure with the Dolphins, Dee consummated a naming rights agreement with Sun Life and managed one of the busiest football venues in the country with the Dolphins, University of Miami and Orange Bowl as anchor tenants and presided over the stadium (now named Hard Rock Stadium) hosting Super Bowl XLIV in 2012.
In his most recent role as the president and CEO of the San Diego Padres, Dee led the efforts to revamp the organization’s baseball operations strategy, oversaw ownership’s commitment to renovate and improve Petco Park, spearheaded the club’s successful bid for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game and transformed Petco Park into a year-round facility with a wide range of events beyond Padres baseball.
During his time in Boston, the Red Sox set franchise records for attendance and revenue, including an MLB record consecutive sellout streak.
Dee is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, where he currently serves on the advisory board.
“Mike is a highly talented and accomplished executive with over 20 years of leadership experience with some of the most respected organizations in the world of sports,” Field said. “The creation of this new role underscores our commitment to leveraging our sports platforms to compete more effectively with other media as we drive new opportunities and expand our customer base. Mike is uniquely equipped to help us develop cohesive national opportunities across sports and we are delighted to welcome him onboard.”