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SBJ honors ESPN’s Overholt, Markley as “Game Changers”

Many of the Sports Business Journal’s “2015 Game Changers” posed for a group photo.

(Diane Lamb/ESPN)
(Diane Lamb/ESPN)

NEW YORK – Senior Vice President, Operations, Jodi Markley and Editor-in-Chief, espnW, Alison Overholt were named 2015 Game Changers by Sports Business Journal. The honor recognizes “women who are having a major impact on sports business.”

A ceremony was held at the Marriott Marquis on Sept. 17 recognizing Markley, Overholt and the other winners.

“Being recognized for having a positive impact in our company or in the industry is truly an honor and I’m very fortunate to work with an entire team of Game Changers,” said Markley. “I‘m also thrilled for Alison – she is a star.”

Overholt added: “It feels great to be recognized. Being named a Game Changer really means that SBJ and others are recognizing espnW’s reason for being — how powerful, impactful and important it is to engage women in sports. As fans, as athletes, as journalists and executives who work in this arena. That’s what I’m really excited about.

“There’s also something so very special about sharing this honor with Jodi, who is actually my mentor. She is an executive I look up to every day, and am so grateful for her guidance and support as we grow espnW. Game Changers changing the game for fellow Game Changers — it’s perfect.”

Senior Vice President, Production College Networks, Stephanie Druley, and a 2014 Game Changer, participated in the “Investing in Women’s Sports: Where are the Opportunities…And the Challenges?” panel. She discussed ESPN’s commitment to televising women’s sports, how they are at the forefront of SEC Network programming and the importance of storytelling to increase viewer interest.

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