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John  Angelos

John Angelos

EVP & COO of the Baltimore Orioles

Biography

Over the past two decades, John Angelos has lead business operations for the Baltimore Orioles and Oriole Park at Camden Yards while serving since 2006 as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Television Network (MASN), one of the leading multimedia entertainment and sports properties in the United States. Read More >

Recognized as Marylander of the Year-Honorable Mention by the Baltimore Sun, Angelos has been hailed by industry-bible Sports Business Journal as a "top-ten decision maker" on MLB league, media, and digital issues and for his "reinvention of the Spring Training business model" in creating PPP (public-private partnership) economic development opportunities through sports development projects that drive fiscal return on investment to their partners and the public sector. Angelos is known by peers throughout the business, sports and multimedia, and journalist communities as one of the only sports executives nationwide possessing expertise across all three keystone disciplines of professional sports league, team, and franchise management, sports television and digital network launch and operation, and major sports venue and training complex funding, design, and development. This unique combination of executive experience has made Angelos an expert widely consulted across a diverse array of entertainment, sports, media rights, digital distribution, economic development, and policy issue areas.

Angelos has lead commercial sports initiatives benefiting the seven-state Mid-Atlantic region served by Camden Yards as well as the Greater Sarasota community where the Orioles developed and manage their industry-leading sports tourism magnet, ballpark facility, athletic training academy, and community sportspark development partnership. In the Sarasota project, Angelos brought together three public entities, the State of Florida, Sarasota County, and the City of Sarasota, with the Orioles acting as private economic catalyst, and the result has been hailed for its record-setting economic impact of more than $89 annually and over $500 million in total economic and other benefits returned to the community and taxpayers after just the first eight years of a planned thirty-year partnership. This return on investment performance has more than doubled economic analysts' initial projections. During his tenure overseeing the club's iconic Camden Yards ballpark, the Orioles have drawn almost 70 million fans, have set a record for the fastest sporting venue to reach 50 million fans, and the club and its Camden Yards venue have been regularly honored as the #1 sports venue in the United States and perennially recognized by numerous sports publications and fan polls, including most recently in 2016, for Camden Yards delivery of the top fan customer experience in all of American sports. Twenty-five years after it opened, the Orioles have generated more in rent, royalty, and admissions tax income paid to the State of Maryland than the Ballpark's initial construction sticker price, and this is before including the hundreds of millions of dollars in annual commercial tourism, direct spending, multiplier effect, media impression value, and overall economic impact that Camden Yards generates for Baltimore City, the State of Maryland, and the region each year. The ongoing promotion and preservation of Camden Yards along with the development of the Sarasota ballpark and training academy complex have together generated billions of dollars in unprecedented community economic impact and return on investment from the two projects.

In addition to delivering industry-leading economic return on investment, highly-awarded consumer experience and service, and development and stewardship of renowned community landmarks and destination entertainment and cultural properties across multiple communities, Angelos has pioneered unique community programming using the Orioles brands, ballpark and related venues, and multimedia platforms to reach out to constituencies in the community that are most in need. His creation and development of the Orioles Health and Fitness Program brings Orioles' players, executives, resources and brands directly into the public school system to teach and mentor thousands of middle-school students each year to "Eat, Train, and Live Like the PrOs" by making wise nutrition, lifestyle, and wellness choices. The Birdland Community Heroes and Americana Music Series recognizes extraordinary community volunteers, advocates, and charitable-minded individuals from all walks of life and provides recognition and support of the non-profit groups they aid through the celebration of great American songs. The Orioles Reach and Knothole Gang programs have donated tens of millions of dollars in direct funding and in kind donations to benefit charitable and civic causes and organizations and have hosted tens of thousands of at-risk children and families by providing complimentary game tickets, ballpark fare, caps and t-shirts at regular season and playoff game outings each season at the Camden Yards and Sarasota ballparks.

Beyond the ballpark and outside of the United States, Angelos has focused on growing the engagement of the Orioles with international goodwill efforts, environmental protection initiatives, and programs intended to aid education, the arts, and communities left behind. He created the Orioles and MASN partnership with the United Nations to promote U.N. World Environment Day, focused the team and network on continuing programs dedicated to preserving the Chesapeake Bay, developed partnerships with NGOs to deliver food to communities in Africa and raise awareness of crisis relief efforts, conceived the annual Nashville Comes to the Ballpark "Artists & Athletes Playing 4 The Community" Charity Concert Weekend to benefit childhood literacy, expanded access to health care, and arts and cultural programs, developed greater Orioles outreach to the disabled community, supported programs to aid returning military veterans and civilian victims of U.S. conflicts abroad, and Angelos has lead or participated in a number of international "people to people" delegations from the U.S. to Cuba and to other countries, beginning with the historic 1999 home-and-home series played with the Cuban National Baseball Team in Havana and in Baltimore during which the Orioles became the first professional American sports team to play in Cuba since the 1958 embargo and to host a Cuban sports team in the United States during the Embargo and Travel Ban Era.

Angelos played a key role in the development, launch, and day to day operation of the MASN multimedia television, digital, and affiliated Orioles Radio networks that now reach more than six million households and over 18 million audience members residing throughout a seven-state region from Pennsylvania to North Carolina. Serving the 4th largest combined Nielsen media market in the nation, since inception the network has received 59 awards for creative accomplishment, promotional excellence and viewer response, including 27 Addy Awards, 30 Emmy Awards, and two American Marketing Association Awards of Excellence.

Angelos appears as a speaker and expert panelist at professional and industry conferences as well as a guest lecturer at graduate schools, colleges, universities, and corporate events. Drawing on his almost twenty-five years of experience in team-building, professional sports and entertainment concern organization and management, expertise in media property, brand, and economic partnership development, and general business involvements, Angelos enjoys sharing ideas about lessons learned in creating positive organizational chemistry, leadership, and workplace culture both on the field of play and in the board room, fostering community stewardship, developing corporate best practices in the diverse industry spaces in which he is involved, and teaching comparative sports league and media economics and player-management business and labor relations. A savvy and insightful commentator, Angelos has appeared on CBS Television and CBS Radio, Bloomberg Media, PBS, MSNBC, Fox Sports Radio, Rogers Media, the New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, as well as Sports Business Journal, Sports Pro Magazine, and numerous other business and general publications.

Angelos joined the Orioles organization in 1994 and was named President of MASN in 2006. He is a graduate of Duke University. Read Less ^

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