President, Programming, NBC Sports and VERSUS, NBC Sports Group
Jon Miller was promoted to President, Programming, NBC Sports and VERSUS on February 2, 2011. He oversees programming and is prominently involved in sales for both networks. Previously, Miller served as Executive Vice President, NBC Sports since November 2006. He reports to Ken Schanzer, President, NBC Sports and Mark Lazarus, President, NBC Sports Cable, respectively.
Miller, who is credited for creating the NHL Winter Classic – an event that the New York Times said, “has stolen New Years Day” – oversees nearly 8,000 hours of yearly programming on NBC Sports and Versus including the PGA Tour, USGA championships (U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open), Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, NHL, French Open, Wimbledon, Notre Dame football, Tour de France and IndyCar. Miller, who has been with NBC for more than three decades, is also responsible for overseeing NBC Sports’ international distribution.
An innovative and resourceful leader, Miller manages the team that created the successful NBC Sports Ventures unit. NBC Sports Ventures generates income from non-traditional revenue streams and does not rely merely on advertising as the sole source of income. The unit acquires and develops new and existing sports properties, and is actively involved in the organization, marketing and promotion of the events. Properties under that umbrella include the highly successful American Century Golf Championship, the ADT Golf Skills Challenge, the Dew Action Sports Tour and the USA Rugby 7’s World Series and Collegiate Championships.
Successful events/shows he has created include the late night hit, “Poker After Dark,” the Emmy award winning “Mike’d Up,” the “National Heads-Up Poker Championship,” the “U.S. Army All-American Bowl,” the “Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge,” the “National Dog Show,” which has become a Thanksgiving Day tradition, and his latest endeavor, New Year’s Day NHL Outdoor Game; “The Winter Classic.”
Prior to his current role, Miller served as Vice President, Program Planning and Development, NBC Sports, starting in 1988. He was previously an account executive in the NBC Sports sales department. He has been with NBC since October 1978, beginning his career as an account executive at WRC-TV, the NBC television station in Washington, D.C.
Miller, who was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Bethesda, Md., graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a bachelor of arts in business administration. He and his wife, Jan, have two sons, Jeff and Robby, and live in Demarest, N.J.