Mike Dee’s appointment, in May, as president of Entercom’s newly created Sports division is all about the future, when Entercom swallows CBS Radio and its vast sports empire. Dee, a 25-year sports business veteran, will be an integral exec in the mix; Entercom already owns two-dozen sports stations, a number that will nearly double post-merger. He knows the game.
“The starting pitcher has warmed up and is walking in from the bullpen but the first inning hasn’t started yet,” he says, reflecting on his first two months on the job. One must forgive the baseball analogy for a guy who, most recently, was president and CEO of the San Diego Padres. He’s also the former COO of the Boston Red Sox and was president and CEO of the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium.
Dee began his new gig based at “95.7 The Game” KGMZ San Francisco, just as the Golden State Warriors were setting an NBA postseason record for winning percentage on their way to capturing the title. The Warriors will be one of 45 pro teams, including some of the other biggest brands in sports such as the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs, Eagles, Cowboys and Red Wings, that Entercom will hold play-by-play rights for, and Dee becomes especially animated when talking about maximizing the potential of the company’s envious sports platform.
As the moving trucks pulled up outside his San Diego home in anticipation of the cross-country trek to Entercom’s Philadelphia area headquarters, where Dee will report directly to CEO David Field, Inside Radio spoke with him about the transition from the team side of the business to the radio biz, how the relationship between teams and right holders is evolving, untapped opportunities that lie ahead and what winning means to him. Read the Q&A HERE.