Senior Vice President, Programming and Acquisitions
Rob Temple currently serves as a senior vice president, programming and acquisitions, overseeing MLB, X Games, Little League World Series and Poker on ESPN. Temple will also provide executive leadership to ESPN’s format analysis team. Bringing extensive sales and marketing experience to the programming group, Temple joins the team after 16 years with ESPN.
Previously, Temple served as Vice President of ESPN’s Sports Management Group which included a team of 40+ professionals focused on multi-media marketing partnership opportunities across ESPN’s broad portfolio of sports. Based in New York, his focus was primarily on the advertiser-driven marketing, packaging, sales and activation of ESPN’s sports properties through the utilization of ESPN’s leading family of media platforms, valued brand and related assets.
Since 2006, Temple has been working broadly across the full portfolio of sports at ESPN, from the NBA and NFL to MLB, NASCAR, X Games and many others – notably highlighted by ESPN’s major success around the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and intensive preparations for the World Cup 2014 in Rio. Temple and his team have been closely aligned with the tremendous growth of ESPN’s college sports portfolio over the last decade, and have been instrumental in developing a range of industry-leading partnerships for major clients related to the company’s college sports programming.
Prior to arriving at ESPN, Temple’s 20-year career in sports media and marketing included both domestic and international experience (including five years in Sydney, Australia) across such leading sports properties as: the Olympic Games, NCAA Championships/Final Four, SEC, motor sports, FIFA properties, Rugby Union, Tennis, Aussie Rules Football, cricket, golf and thoroughbred horse racing.
During his time in Australia from 1996-2001, he was the General Manager of Olympic and Sports Sales and Marketing for The Seven Network and led that network’s highly successful marketing and sales efforts for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Temple graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1988 with a bachelor of arts in political science.