Seth Ader is vice president of sports marketing. A 16-year veteran of the company, Ader oversees consumer marketing and sponsorship development of the following ESPN rights portfolios: the NBA, MLB, MLS, UEFA, the TCS New York City Marathon, Special Olympics World Games and the Little League World Series.
Previously, Ader served as senior director, leading the marketing efforts for a wide array of sports properties, including the NFL, Fantasy Football, NBA, MLB, English Premier League, Little League World Series and, notably, the 2006, 2010, and 2014 FIFA World Cups. Additionally, Ader was responsible for the award-winning “This is SportsCenter” franchise for a number of years, maintaining the unique and consistent personality of that signature campaign.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Ader joined ESPN in 2001 as a marketing manager, driving the marketing efforts of original entertainment programming, ESPN The Magazine and the launch of ESPN Deportes and ESPNHD networks. After two years, Seth was promoted to director of marketing responsible for the NFL and NBA.
Seth received two Sports Emmy awards for his collaboration with ESPN’s production team on elements for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and for the marketing campaign supporting the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In addition, work produced under Ader’s leadership has received numerous awards, including three Bronze Lions for “This is SportsCenter,” an Effie for Fantasy Football’s “It’s Good to Be Commissioner” campaign and several Sports Media Marketing Awards.
Prior to ESPN, Ader’s previous roles included vice president of marketing of Book4Golf.com, director of marketing and public relations for Tear Drop/Tommy Armour Golf Co., sales manager for Conde Nast Publications and corporate marketing manager for the formerly New Jersey, now Brooklyn Nets.