Handler Now Batting Higher In YES Lineup

YES Network has elevated Eric Handler to vice president of communications, Multichannel News reports.

Handler, who joined the regional sports network in May 2005 as
director of communications, will continue to oversee all corporate
communications and programming publicity efforts for the service,
promoting its array of business, on-air, and digital initiatives. YES is
the regional home to Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees and the
National Basketball Association’s New Jersey Nets.

“Eric has done a great job of developing and implementing strategic
communications plans, which have enhanced the value of YES in the eyes
of our viewers and our business partners,” said YES COO Ray Hopkins, to
whom Handler will continue to report, in a statement. “Eric will play a
vital role as we continue to roll out new programming, production,
sales, and marketing initiatives on our linear network and on various
digital platforms.”

Before joining YES, Handler was director, corporate communications
at CSTV, now known as CBS College Sports. The industry veteran also did
a stint as director of publicity for the United States Tennis
Association’s professional tennis unit, including the U.S. Open.

Handler also served in various capacities at The Walt Disney Co.
from 1995 to 2001. After working in ESPN’s corporate communications unit
from 1995 to ’97, he became director of communications for the Walt Disney
Internet Group, where he managed media-relations efforts for ESPN.com,
ABCNEWS.com, the group’s advertising sales department, and Disney’s
interactive television unit.

His résumé also includes entries at Lapin East/West Public Relations and publicity positions at Madison Square Garden Boxing and Yonkers Raceway.

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