What They Say

Dr. Randal Betz, Emeritus Chief of Staff and Medical Director of Research—Shriners Hosptial for Children, Philadelphia— Bryan and his family have been strong supporters of successful efforts on two fronts. They helped complete the construction of a minimally invasive operating suite and raised funds to help us acquire a new EOS Full Body 3D Imaging System, which will significantly reduce radiation levels experienced by our patients. We appreciate their ongoing interest in our efforts and are proud to have them as friends and donors.

George Bodenheimer; Chairman Emeritus, ESPN, Inc.– For nearly two decades, Bryan moved throughout ESPN and made very important contributions. Along the way, his endeavors were as diverse as leading the business side of our move to HDTV to playing a key role in encouraging the work force to closely consider expense and its impact on profitability. One thing is certain–he always placed ESPN’s overall company interests first and last. His body of work between MLB and ESPN will provide great value in this venture.

Joseph Cohen, President; The Switch HTN Sports Group– For nearly four decades, Bryan has consistently been an innovator in sports television, in both technical and business aspects. I have personally participated with him in such trend setting innovations as; scrambling backhaul signals to create the opportunity to monetize feeds; the switch from satellite to fiber transmission for backhauls; and the dramatic high definition television introduction at ESPN. His insight and foresight are unparalleled.

Ed Desser; President, Desser Sports Media; Santa Monica, California–Bryan is one of the smartest, most savvy, strategic thinkers in the sports media business.  His knowledge of technology from a business perspective is unmatched.  Our careers have paralleled each other for more than 30 years, first at a team level in the 70’s, then at a major sports league in the 80’s, and now as media consultants.  I recommend him and The Forward Direction Group to anyone looking for keen insights, long range vision, and a knowledge base of virtually anyone who is anyone in the business.

Hope Frank, Chief Marketing Officer, Conviva; San Mateo, California–In a twelve year professional relationship, Bryan guided my company at the time in building our global HDTV business from $18M to $500M in partnership with ESPN and the X Games franchise.   He represents a new mold of savvy media senior level executive who receives the respect and admiration of peers around the world.  Few others have his level of breadth, depth and passion for sports entertainment, technology and the digital living room.

James P. Healey; President, The Yawkey Foundation, Boston— For over 30 years, Bryan and I have been colleagues and have collaborated on a variety of initiatives. He has consistently displayed strong forethought into complex future issues, many with major long term strategic implications. His dealings have been thoughtful and reasoned. The clients of this venture will receive the same strong, top quality guidance and consideration that have meant so much to the growth of the sports business during those three decades.

Charley Lyons; Managing Partner of Holding Pictures, Santa Monica, California, plus Founder and Chairman of the Ascent Entertainment Group, which owned the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche and developed and financed The Pepsi Center—Bryan has been a trusted advisor for over two decades. I have found him to be one of the world’s leading experts about sports, all kinds of programming, audience behavior, production, and technology. He just gets it.

Dr. Jack Rogers, Chair; The Department of Communications & Sociology; The University of Central Missouri–The positive synergy Bryan created on a visit to our campus led to huge dividends for our students, program and university.  Our sports communication minor is a direct result of the “outside voice” that he added to our internal assessments.