Edwin M. Durso

Executive Vice President, Administration

As a member of ESPN’s executive management team for a quarter century, Edwin M. (Ed) Durso has been a key architect in the company’s global growth and new business initiatives and its strong standing among American sports fans.  An attorney by training, since 1996 he has served as executive vice president, administration, currently overseeing legal and government affairs on the local, state and national levels; corporate communications; security; corporate citizenship; and ESPN’s worldwide facilities.

As technology evolves and new business opportunities emerge, Durso’s legal and business acumen plus his wide range of experience at ESPN come to bear as a critical member of the company’s executive management team.  He has been directly involved in negotiating major programming acquisitions and has during his career at ESPN also overseen the affiliate sales, consumer marketing, enterprises and human resources areas, giving him a broad understanding of ESPN’s overall business.  ESPN Enterprises was launched in 1992 under Durso’s leadership, and paved the way for many of the company’s successful brand extensions, including ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine.

In addition, Durso serves on the ESPN Board of Directors and is secretary of The V Foundation.  He is executive champion of ESPN’s LBGT employee resource group; head of Disney’s Northeast Crisis Management Team; and a member of the Advisory Board at Brain Tumor Center at Duke University Medical Center.  Durso joined ESPN in September 1989 as senior vice president and general counsel and was promoted to executive vice president and general counsel in December 1990.

Previously, Durso spent 10 years (1979 – 1989) in the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball where he advanced through several legal and management positions, including General Counsel, Secretary/Treasurer and ultimately executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Before joining Major League Baseball, Durso worked in the cable television and litigation practice of Cole, Raywid and Braverman, a Washington, D.C. law firm (July 1978 – Nov. 1979).

Durso is a 1975 cum laude graduate of Harvard University where he studied economics and was an accomplished athlete.  He was Harvard’s starting shortstop for three years, playing in the College World Series twice (1973-74) and earned All-Ivy League recognition.  In 1996 he was inducted into the Holy Trinity High School Hall of Fame in Hicksville, N.Y.

In 1978, Durso received his law degree with honors from the George Washington University National Law Center in Washington, D.C.

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