John Suchenski

John Suchenski

Director, Programming & Acquisitions

John Suchenski joined ESPN’s Programming Department on a fulltime basis in April of 2008 after previously serving as an intern. In his current position of Director, Programming & Acquisitions, he leads business management of the company’s tennis, golf and motorsports properties while also overseeing the relationships with the Boston and New York City Marathons and the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.

After joining as a Programming Coordinator in 2008, Suchenski has steadily risen through the ranks, promoted to Associate Manager in 2011, Manager in 2013, Senior Manager in 2015 and Director in 2019.

During his time with ESPN, Suchenski has touched a multitude of properties that ESPN has had rights deals with, including baseball (MLB, Little League World Series and World Baseball Classic); all four men’s golf majors as well as the PGA TOUR and LPGA; all four tennis majors; NHL; bowling; horse racing; boxing; Formula 1; and IndyCar.  He also previously managed the scheduling for all ESPN on ABC programming, working with the ABC Affiliate Relations team.

Suchenski also has been involved in numerous acquisitions and renewals, including ESPN’s first exclusive Wimbledon deal that began in 2015, as well as the latest 12-year deal beginning in 2024; the current US Open tennis agreement; bringing Formula 1, the PGA Championship, Top Rank Boxing and the Boston Marathon back to ESPN; and renewals for the Masters Tournament, Formula 1 and the New York City Marathon.

After being part of a team that secured the rights, he oversaw the launch of PGA TOUR LIVE in 2022, and the introduction of alternate telecasts for the Masters and PGA Championship. In tennis, he was involved in bringing ABC coverage to Wimbledon and the US Open for the first time ever in 2022 and 2023 and oversaw ESPN’s coverage of the Serena Williams retirement run at the 2022 US Open, which included her final match being the most-viewed tennis match in ESPN history.

Suchenski also has led the scheduling of all Formula One programming on ESPN since the championship returned in 2018, with 2022 being the most-viewed F1 season ever in the U.S.

Before joining ESPN, Suchenski worked as an Account Executive for the Hartford Wolf Pack hockey club of the AHL and the Hartford Civic Center/XL Center.

A native of Southington, Ct., who now lives in Saint Johns, Fla., Suchenski is a graduate of Temple University with a degree in Sport & Recreation Management and a minor in Business.

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