Ken Aagaard, Executive Vice President, Operations, Engineering & Production Services, CBS Sports, Honored
Ken Aagaard, Executive Vice President, Operations, Engineering & Production Services, CBS Sports, is the 2015 Lifetime Achievement recipient. With a media career spanning over four decades, including 18 Super Bowls, five World Series, and three Olympics, Aagaard is one of sports television’s most respected broadcast executives.
As Executive Vice President, Engineering, Operations and Production Services for CBS Sports, Aagaard is responsible for overseeing operations, engineering and production management for all field events and the CBS Broadcast Center, including logistics and technical support. In addition to overseeing these areas for CBS College Sports Network, his efforts include developing new technology and production enhancements for both CBS Sports and CBS College Sports Network.
Mr. Aagaard introduced multiple critically acclaimed technical achievements including EyeVison, a new technology showing replays in a 3-D way introduced in January 2001 at Super Bowl XXXV, and Swing Vision, a super-slow motion breakdown for replaying golf swings.
Prior to joining CBS Sports in 1998, Aagaard was president of Creative Broadcast Techniques, a company which he established in 1988. While at CBT he worked as a consultant to CBS Sports, to NBC for the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Summer Games, to Fox Studios, Los Angeles, for 1995 NFL football, and HBO for Madonna’s Blond Ambition Tour and Paul Simon Live in Central Park concert. He served as operations producer for events including World Figure Skating Championships (1992-95), Super Bowl Television in Los Angeles (1993), Atlanta (1994) and Miami (1995), World Cup Soccer (1994), the New York City Marathon (1994-95) and the NHL All-Star Game (1994).
From his early beginnings as operations director at the local news level for NBC Chicago affiliate, WMAQ to his current position as Executive Vice President, Operations, Engineering & Production Services CBS Sports, Aagaard has overseen operations for events spanning the worlds of sports, music, and news.
As a member and former chairman of the Sports Video Group (SVG) advisory board, Aagaard also serves as chairman of the SVG Broadcasting Fund Advisory Board, the sports-television industry’s charity fund dedicated to providing assistance to industry professionals and their families in need. Mr. Aagaard was inducted into the 2014 Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.