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Eric Black

CTO, NBC Sports Digital & Playmaker Media

Eric was named Chief Technology Officer of NBC Sports Group Digital in 2015. He manages all IP-delivered platforms for NBC Sports Digital, including its numerous websites, applications and connected devices. He also oversees NBC Sports’ Playmaker Media, a separate business which provides end-to-end video support service for companies in need of best-in-class live streaming and VOD solutions.

NBC Sports Digital and Playmaker Media have streamed some of the most prestigious properties in sports, including six Olympic Games, three Super Bowls, Sunday Night Football, the National Hockey League, Premier League, National Basketball Association, NASCAR, the Triple Crown, Notre Dame Football, MLB and the Open Championship, among many others.

Systems built by Eric have focused on both high concurrent traffic and scale, and now operate on more than 20,000 events per year, resulting in billions of consumed minutes. A 20-year veteran of the digital video/ live streaming industry, Eric and his team were instrumental in NBC Sports Digital’s success during the Rio Olympic Games, which set streaming records with 3.3 billion total minutes, 2.71 billion live minutes and 100 million unique users. It remains the largest digital event in history.

Eric joined NBCUniversal as a webmaster for NBC New York’s website, wnbc.com, in 2000. In 2010, as Director of Digital Operations for NBC Sports, he managed the first-ever live stream of Super Bowl XLVI. He was promoted to Vice President, Technology, for NBC Sports and NBC Olympics in 2012.