Football is the most beloved sport in America today. More than 180 million fans tune in each week to watch NFL teams compete for the title of Super Bowl champion. For nearly 100 years, professional football has unified communities and brought people from all walks of life together to cheer on their favourite teams. Despite recent challenges, the competitiveness, quality and popularity of NFL games are at record levels this season – which speaks to the resilience of the NFL.
Chief Operating Officer, National Football League
Maryann Turcke is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the National Football League (NFL). She oversees all facets of the operation including marketing, technology, NFL Films, NFL Network and NFL Digital Content and Operations. She also oversees the corporate functions including Human Resources, Public Relations, and Government Relations. Prior to her promotion to (COO) she was the President of the NFL Network.
Maryann Turcke was formerly President of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Renowned for a wide breadth of executive leadership roles and team building skills, Ms. Turcke was previously Group President, Media Sales, Local TV and Radio, where she leveraged Bell Media properties and brands across all platforms to support its strong position in the competitive advertising marketplace.
Under her leadership, Bell Media built on its position as the country’s top multimedia company, with innovations in TV and on-demand content as well as continued investment to ensure Canadians have the very best choice in primetime programs and coverage of live events, news, and sports on TV, radio, and digital platforms.
Prior to joining Bell Media, Ms. Turcke was Executive Vice-President of Bell Field Operations, leading Bell’s team of 12,000 installation and service technicians in delivering Fiber TV, Internet, and other Bell residential and business services. Ms. Turcke joined Bell in 2005 as VP, Customer Experience and Operations for Small and Medium Business.
Recently, in 2018, she was named one of Adweek’s most Powerful Women in Sports. She has also been named one of Toronto Life’s 50 Most Influential People of 2016, a member of the Women’s Executive Network Hall of Fame, and named the 2015 Woman of the Year by Women in Communications and Technology. Ms. Turcke serves on the advisory board of the Queen’s School of Business and on the capital campaign for Queen’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.
Ms. Turcke is a Director, SickKids Foundation. Ms. Turcke holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Queen’s University, a Master of Engineering from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s.
TSN SportsCentre Anchor
Kate Beirness anchors the late night/morning loop edition of SPORTSCENTRE, bringing viewers all the day’s highlights from the world of sports, and also reports from the sidelines throughout RAPTORS BASKETBALL ON TSN.
Beirness hosts CFL ON TSN’S THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL coverage as well as TSN’s NCAA March Madness coverage alongside former NBA coach Sam Mitchell, bringing highlights and analysis of top seeds and Cinderella stories from the first round, to the sweet sixteen, elite eight, final four and championship game.
During the London 2012 Olympic Games, Beirness hosted Olympic Morning on TSN, setting up the day’s events along with highlights and interviews from the previous night’s top stories. She also hosted ice hockey coverage throughout the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Games.
From 2011 to 2014, Beirness hit the road on the annual Kraft Celebration Tour, broadcasting SPORTSCENTRE live from communities across the country. In 2017 Beirness launched the HER MARK summit, a single-day event aimed at empowering the next generation of female leaders in Canada.
Beirness joined TSN in 2009 from the network’s sister station, /A Barrie, where she was the sports anchor and videographer. Prior to joining the Bell Media family, Beirness was the sports anchor at Rogers TV Durham.
The Port Perry native and recreational league hockey powerhouse graduated from the University of Ontario. She was a standout basketball player throughout high school until a torn ACL forced her to switch gears and pursue a career in sports broadcasting.