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Executive Profile: Ken Aagaard (CBS Sports)

Tuesday, December 4, 2007 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 2:43 PM, under , ,

Athens, GA (Dec 4, 2007) - Ken Aagaard is Senior Vice President, Operations & Production Services for CBS Sports. This is his profile as published by CBS Sports.

Ken Aagaard joined CBS Sports as Senior Vice President, Operations & Production Services, in January 1998. He is responsible for overseeing operations, engineering and production management for all field events and the CBS Broadcast Center, including logistics and technical support for the Network's coverage of the National Football League. Those reporting to him include operations, engineering and production services management as well as all production managers, field technical managers and engineers and Broadcast Center operations managers and engineers.

In January 2001 at Super Bowl XXXV, Aagaard was responsible for introducing EyeVision, a new technology showing replays in a three-dimensional way. He also was instrumental in instituting SwingVision, the Emmy Award-winning super-slow motion breakdown of golf swings.

Before joining CBS Sports, Aagaard was president of Creative Broadcast Techniques, established in 1988, and 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 to HBO for Madonna's Blond Ambition Tour and the Paul Simon Live in Central Park concert. He also served as operations producer for events such as the 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).

Aagaard was vice president of operations and engineering, Olympics, NBC Sports (1985-88), for the 1988 Olympic Summer Games in Seoul. He also served as vice president of operations, NBC Sports (1981-85) responsible for operations in NBC's coverage of Super Bowls, World Series, Wimbledon, French Open Tennis, Golf, NCAA Basketball, NFL Live Studio, Weekend Update Studio and Sportsworld. Aagaard was operations producer and manager of sports operations (1979-81) for NBC Sports, broadcast operations manager (1977-79) for the NBC Television Network and operations director (1969-77) for the NBC Chicago affiliate, WMAQ-TV.

He currently serves as Chairman of Sports Video Group (SVG). Aagaard graduated from the University of Iowa in 1969 with a degree in radio, television and film. He lives in Closter, N.J., with his wife, Emerald Chin, and daughter, Alexandra, and has four sons.

Photograph courtesy of CBS Sports.

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