HARTFORD, CONN., August 20, 2013: Back9Network, the golf lifestyle multiplatform media network, announced today that Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, Ahmad Rashad, will join the network as executive producer and on-air host. Rashad is leaving behind a co-host role at Golf Channel’s Morning Drive.
“We are delighted to welcome Ahmad to Back9Network,” said James L. Bosworth, CEO of Back9Network. “Ahmad’s personal style, love of golf, and desire to grow the game aligns perfectly with the mission of Back9Network. In addition, Ahmad brings a unique dimension to our network’s programming with his vision and relationships within both the golf lifestyle space and professional sports.”
“Back9Network is a special opportunity that I simply could not pass up,” said Rashad. “I’m excited for the many possibilities that lie ahead. Co-hosting Morning Drive was a great experience, and I would like to thank Molly Solomon and the Golf Channel for the past year.
After a successful NFL career that included four Pro Bowl selections, Rashad covered a variety of sports for NBC, ABC, ESPN, NBA TV, and Golf Channel. In his new position with the Back9Network, Rashad will perform a number of roles that will help shape the new network’s identity and programming, including creative and executive team membership, on-air hosting, and the production and execution of special lifestyle event coverage around golf majors and other venues around the world. Rashad also will continue his executive producer and host roles for the NBA.
Back9Network, which made its online debut in 2012, is focused on all the things golf fans love about playing and living the game. Back9Network’s state-of-the-art TV studio and digital video production facility is located 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 television-programming lineup via cable and satellite in 2014.
About Back9Network: Back9Network, based in Hartford, Connecticut, is a lifestyle multiplatform television network and media company. Back9Network was developed as a complementary alternative to traditional media’s focus on professional golf tournament coverage. Focused on compelling storytelling, interesting personalities, features and fashions, interviews and instruction, travel, gear and much more, fans of all kinds will want to hang with the Back9Network. golf.swingbyswing.com, the online clubhouse for Back9Network, delivers a fresh perspective on the golf lifestyle and its worldwide influence. Back9Network’s leadership includes respected and outspoken executives from the golf and media industries. Back9Network recently moved into its new Corporate Headquarters and TV/Video Production Studio in Hartford, joining ESPN, NBC Sports and YES Network in Connecticut. For further information, visit golf.swingbyswing.com.
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