As ESPN navigates the everchanging sports landscape during the COVID-19 era, it has had the good fortune to find friends in “new” places.
One example: After more than 19 years at ESPN, Rosalyn Durant in February 2020 was named Senior Vice President of Disney Springs, Water Parks, and ESPN Wide World of Sports. Durant, instrumental in leading the programming team of the SEC Network, ACC Network, Longhorn Network, and ESPNU during her time at ESPN, once again was in the right place at the right time.
The former ESPN Senior Vice President of College Networks has been an invaluable ally as the company covers the resumption of the MLS and NBA seasons on the ESPN WWOS campus in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
As Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated’s senior NBA writer, reports: “Rosalyn Durant made Black history when she began her first day on the job as the senior vice president of operations for Disney Springs, ESPN Wide World of Sports, and Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon Water Parks on March 9. She is the first African American woman to hold her position with Disney. But Durant didn’t have much time to get acclimated before the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic two days later.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: ESPN, The Undefeated and ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex are all part of The Walt Disney Company.
Disney exec (and my great friend) Rosalyn Durant discusses her role in bringing the NBA season back and how she hopes to be a role model for women of color https://t.co/gs90jkuoBT
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