Scott Ackerson is hanging ’em up in March after two decades at Fox Sports. The 13-time Sports Emmy winner joined the team in 1994 as coordinating producer for Fox NFL Sunday, the first hourlong NFL pregame show on a broadcast network, and held the position for 17 years. His tenure also included five Super Bowl pregame shows, highlighted by the post-9/11 event in 2002.
He left that job in August 2011 after his promotion to EVP and Executive Producer of studio programming for all of Fox Sports’ networks and platforms. Later that year he also was named President of Speed and guided the channel through its transition to 24-hour channel Fox Sports 1 in 2013. He was tapped as EVP News last year amid a management shakeup at Fox Sports months after the launch of FS1.
“After a lot of thought, now seems like the right time to step down from the constant grind of running a 24/7 news operation,” Ackerson said in a statement. Fox Sports President and COO Eric Shanks said: “Axe is one of Fox Sports’ founding fathers. While his instincts as a news producer are exceptional, he made an indelible mark on sports television as Fox NFL Sunday’s producer for its first 17 years. … His contributions to the show and industry cannot be understated.”
Ackerson worked at ESPN for seven years starting in 1987, rising to coordinating producer of SportsCenter in 1993. The Pennsylvania-born, Ohio-raised exec began his career in local radio in the early 1980s and later moved to TV, including stints in San Antonio and Minneapolis. Check out a clip of Fox NFL Sunday featuring R. Lee Ermey from 1995 above.