Morris Davenport

Senior Vice President, ESPN Audio

Mo Davenport, a 29-year ESPN veteran, has served as senior vice president of ESPN Audio since August 2007. He is responsible for three major units – national sales revenue, audio and digital marketing strategy, and network content for ESPN Audio. Prior to the November 2013 reorganization of ESPN Audio into network and local divisions, he also oversaw distribution, ad sales and marketing initiatives for ESPN Radio’s 750 affiliated stations and four owned and/or operated stations.

In October 2014, Davenport added responsibility for ESPN’s Talent Office, which hires, schedules and works closely with all of ESPN’s on-air personalities.

Previously, Davenport served as a vice president, remote production, overseeing the day-to-day administration non-professional sports on ABC and ESPN. He assumed the role in March 2006. He also played a role in the launch of ESPN HD, ESPN’s 24-hour high-definition television simulcast service of ESPN launched March 31, 2003.

In September 2007, Davenport was honored by CableWorld Magazine as one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Minorities in Cable”. In 2003, he was #95 on Sports Illustrated’s list of most powerful minorities in sports. The All-American Football Foundation named Davenport the Outstanding TV Sports Executive in 1999. In addition, he is a two-time Emmy winner for his work on animation (also ESPN’s first Emmy) and for technology on the famed “1st and 10” line used in football.

Davenport joined the network in February 1985 as an associate producer. He was a key force behind ESPN’s critically acclaimed NCAA men’s basketball tournament coverage and the company’s extensive women’s NCAA basketball tournament coverage, and began to work extensively on ESPN’s college football coverage when he was promoted to producer in January 1986. In 1988 Davenport was promoted to coordinating producer, a position he held until 1996 when he became a senior coordinating producer, remote production, for ESPN and ESPN2.

Prior to joining ESPN, Davenport worked for three years as a production assistant at ABC Sports where his assignments included Major League Baseball, college football, Wide World of Sports and boxing. From 1979-81, he was an account executive at WQLR-FM in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Davenport also currently serves on the board of Camp Focus, a group designed to build the self-esteem, leadership, sports, academic and etiquette skills of fatherless boys between the ages of 8 and 15.

A native of Hesperia, Mich., Davenport graduated from Western Michigan University, where he lettered four years in college football as a defensive back.

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