Chris Bevilacqua is the Founder and CEO of Bevilacqua Media Company (BMC), whose mission is to be a principal investor and strategic advisor for media and entertainment assets. BMC and its investors seek to make investments in these sectors as well as provide management services and oversight capabilities for its partners. BMC is based in New York, N.Y and currently works with professional sports leagues and teams, collegiate conferences and governing bodies as well as marketing and media companies.
Prior to BMC, most recently Bevilacqua served as Chairman and CEO of Creative Artist Agency (CAA) Sports Media Ventures, an affiliate of CAA and Evolution Media Capital (EMC), where he served as a media rights advisor for several sports and entertainment entities including the Pac-12 Conference, International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Tennis Channel, the Big East Conference, the Big XII Conference, Conference USA, the National Hockey League, the Pittsburgh Penguins, San Diego Padres, the University of Missouri and the ION Television Network.
Bevilacqua was the architect of the recent Pac 12 Conference media strategy, including the FOX/ESPN Media Rights Agreement, which is the largest in college sports history, which was then followed by the ground breaking Pac-12 National TV Network and its 6 Regional Sports Networks agreements with Comcast, Time Warner, Cox and Brighthouse Networks. In addition, Bevilacqua constructed last year’s Texas Rangers–FOX Media Rights agreement, which is reportedly the largest local TV rights deal in Major League Baseball history.
In 2003, Bevilacqua co-founded CSTV, the first-ever 24-hour cable TV network dedicated to college and amateur sports. His vision and efforts for CSTV led to the acquisition of digital media company, OCSN (Official College Sports Network), which eventually became the industry-leading CSTV.com portal. CSTV was acquired by CBS Corporation in late 2005 for $325 Million and is now known as the CBS Sports Network, which now has nearly 50 million subscribers. Additionally, in 2006, Bevilacqua created the first-ever 24-hour collegiate conference sports network, the MountainWest Sports Network (Mtn), which served as the model for the Big Ten Network, which was launched in 2007.
During the period of 2002-2007, Bevilacqua was also an early investor and advisor to online ticketing pioneer, StubHub, which was sold in 2007 to eBay for $310 million dollars.
From 1994 through 1999 Bevilacqua was the Global Director of Negotiations for Nike sports media, licensing and marketing rights. He played an integral role in helping drive annual sales for the ubiquitous company from $3.5 billion in 1995 to $9 billion in 1998. At Nike, he worked closely with the top teams, coaches, athletic directors and broadcast executives at the NBA, NFL, NHL and NCAA in reaching these deals and he was responsible for striking the landmark deal between Nike and the Dallas Cowboys back in 1995.
Early in his career, Bevilacqua was a senior executive at The Baseball Network where he secured partnerships for the fledgling network with Chevrolet, Anheuser-Busch and MCI WorldCom.
He began his career in the marketing department of NBC Sports where he was instrumental in the network’s coverage of the 1998 Olympic Games and where he was awarded an Emmy Award and an Associate Producer for Best Live Special.
Bevilacqua graduated from Penn State University with honors from the Smeal College of Business while also twice being named a wrestling All American (1984 and 1985). He lives in New York City with his wife, Kristen, and their four children, Caleigh, Tess, Lucy and Billy.