Dec 20 2010

CBS ANnounces Two Executive Promotions Within CBS Sports Communications

Jennifer Sabatelle Named Vice President of Communications, CBS Sports

Gerard Caraccioli Named Executive Director, Communications, CBS Sports

Jennifer Sabatelle has been named Vice President, Communications for CBS Sports, it was jointly announced today by Gil Schwartz, Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications, CBS Corporation, and Sean McManus, President of CBS News and Sports. In this role, Sabatelle will oversee all communications functions for CBS Sports. At the same time, Gerard Caraccioli was named Executive Director, Communications, CBS Sports. Both promotions are effective immediately.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jen and Jerry for years and I can’t think of two better ambassadors for the CBS Sports brand,” said McManus. “They’ve done an excellent job to help shape our perception with the media and share our success story, which has helped distinguish us as the industry leader. Jen and Jerry both bring to CBS Sports an intuitive understanding of our business, and their performance has earned the respect of everyone within the organization. I know they will represent CBS Sports with distinction and pride.”

“Jen is a terrific communications executive whose hard work and enthusiasm has greatly distinguished her at CBS and with the sports media at large,” said Schwartz. “In her 10 years with the company, she has earned the trust and admiration of everyone she’s worked with, and we’re very pleased to promote her to this new role. In addition to CBS Sports, Jen will work in tandem with all of the sports properties under the CBS umbrella, including CBS College Sports, CBS Interactive and Showtime Sports, in continuing to promote the brands, personalities and events that have made us the industry leader.”

“At the same time, we’re very pleased to promote Jerry Caraccioli to Executive Director of the department,” continued Schwartz. “You couldn’t ask for a more dedicated, knowledgeable and experienced executive than Jerry, whose work on the NFL has helped set the standard in how we support professional football on network television. We’re privileged to have such a strong frontline in Jen, Jerry and Robin Brendle leading our communications efforts at CBS Sports, and Sean and I both look forward to their contributions and counsel in this regard.”

Sabatelle most recently served as Director, Communications, CBS Sports, a position she has held since 2007. In this role, she was responsible for all of the media relations efforts for CBS Sports’ college-related properties, including the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, the SEC ON CBS and regular-season basketball. In addition, she oversaw the media relations efforts for the CBS College Sports Network. Sabatelle also served as the liaison between CBS Sports and CBS’ affiliated television stations, as well as contributing to the publicity efforts for the Network’s coverage of the NFL, PGA TOUR, including the Masters® and PGA Championship. She joined the CBS Sports Communications Department in May 2002 as Senior Press Representative. She began working at CBS Sports in May 2000 as Coordinator of Programming and Marketing. In that role, she coordinated schedules and affiliate regionalization for the NFL and NCAA Tournament. Sabatelle came to CBS Sports from the NFL, where she was a Broadcast Assistant who served as a liaison between the League and its member clubs.

Caraccioli was most recently Director, Communications, CBS Sports, a position he has held since 2006. In this role, he served as lead publicist for the CBS Television Network’s coverage of the NFL, including Super Bowl XXXV, Super Bowl XXXVIII, Super Bowl XLI and Super Bowl XLIV, in addition to the AFC Championship Game, the Network’s pre-game show, THE NFL TODAY and U.S. Open Tennis Championships. He has worked as Contributing Publicist for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, PGA TOUR golf, including the Masters and PGA Championship, CBS SPORTS SPECTACULAR (including boxing, horse racing, College Baseball World Series and other ancillary programming) and the Daytona 500. His responsibilities also included serving as lead feature writer and editor for CBS Sports Communications department. A CBS veteran since 1997, Jerry started with the department as a Press Representative for CBS Sports’ coverage of the 1998 Winter Olympics, and went on to become Senior Press Representative, Manager and most recently Director of the department. His previous experience included working as Media Director for Australian Baseball League (ABL)/Major League Baseball International (MLBI), where he was responsible for promoting the organization in Australia and throughout the world, as well as with Major League Baseball teams (the California Angels, Oakland A’s and Boston Red Sox).

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