Charles Cox Joins Back9Network as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Strategy & Business Development

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Charles Cox has joined Back9Network as chief financial officer and vice president of strategy and business development.

Charles Cox has joined Back9Network as chief financial officer and vice president of strategy and business development.

...we will provide a powerful, multi-channel platform that will benefit cable and satellite operators, marketers, and others who live and love the golf lifestyle.

Back9Network, the new sports lifestyle television and media network for golf fans who want to do more than follow the leaderboard, today announced that Charles Cox has been named chief financial officer and vice president, strategy and business development.

Prior to joining Back9Network, Mr. Cox was the Director, International Finance – Business Development at ESPN, Inc. in its Bristol, Connecticut headquarters, working on mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, channel/product launches, and other corporate projects for ESPN’s international businesses. In conjunction with upper management at ESPN and its parent company, The Walt Disney Company, he helped sell Asia’s top sports pay television asset, ESPN Star Sports, to News Corp. In addition, he led ESPN’s acquisition of Footytips, Australia’s top sports fantasy-tipping website, as well as helped launch ESPN’s third Spanish-speaking pay television network, ESPN 3, in Latin America.

“The addition of Charles Cox is another important milestone in the development of Back9Network,” said James Bosworth, founder and CEO, Back9Network. “We are particularly pleased to have Charles joins us from ESPN, our neighbors here in Connecticut, where he played an important role in their international growth. We are rounding out a world-class leadership team as we continue to make progress on our plans to launch our inaugural on-air programming in 2013.”

Prior to ESPN, Mr. Cox worked as an investment banker at Fidus Partners in Charlotte, North Carolina, providing merger & acquisition advisory and related services to middle-market private equity firms, corporations, and private business owners. He also worked in the media and communications investment banking group of Wachovia Securities, advising corporate clients on mergers & acquisitions and debt offerings.

“I’m excited to join Back9Network and look forward to working with Jamie and the team,” said Cox. “I was attracted to Back9Network by the passion and vision of the Back9Network crew and believe we will provide a powerful, multi-channel platform that will benefit cable and satellite operators, marketers, and others who live and love the golf lifestyle.”

Before entering investment banking, Mr. Cox was a corporate attorney in New York City at Proskauer, the country’s top sports and entertainment law firm, serving clients like the National Basketball Association. He started his career in Washington, D.C. at the prominent law firm, Williams & Connolly, primarily supporting the firm’s sports law practice with the recruiting, marketing, and free agent analysis of its professional athlete clients.

Mr. Cox earned MBA and JD degrees from the University of Virginia, and received a BA in economics and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.    

Back9Network, which made its online debut in 2012, is focused on all the things golf fans love about playing and living the game. Back9Network recently broke ground on its state-of-the-art TV studio and video production facility in downtown Hartford, Connecticut, which is quickly becoming the sports media capital of the world with ESPN, NBC Sports and YES Network also based in the state. Back9Network plans to launch its TV programming lineup via cable and satellite in the first half of 2013.

About Back9Network:

Back9Network, based in Hartford, CT, is the new sports lifestyle television and media network for golf fans who want to do more than follow the leaderboard. Back9Network was developed as a complementary alternative to traditional golf media’s primary focus on coverage of professional golf tournaments. With features and fashions, interviews and instruction, travel, gear and so much more, golf fans of all kinds will want to hang with the Back9Network. Back9Network.com, the online clubhouse for Back9Network, was launched in 2012 delivering a fresh perspective on the golf lifestyle and the worldwide influence of the sport. Back9Network will be coming to TV and mobile devices in the first half of 2013. Back9Network’s leadership includes respected and outspoken executives from the golf and media industries. Clint Eastwood serves as chairman of the Back9Network Creative Committee. For further information, visit http://www.Back9Network.com.

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