Shanks Joins Fox Sports As President

By Andrew Gauthier Comment


Eric Shanks Eric Shanks, who brought a drama about football to DirecTV and oversaw the real thing, is joining Fox Sports as president.

The 38-year-old takes over for Ed Goren at the division that carries NASCAR, the NFL and Major League Baseball.

He had been executive vice president of entertainment at DirecTV since 2006, where he helped engineer a deal to bring original episodes of NBC’s “Friday Night Lights” to the satellite operator. Shanks also worked to bolster what was arguably DirecTV’s most critical brand differentiator: “NFL Sunday Ticket.” More…