Precede: When it comes to the Fox broadcasting operations, Rupert Murdoch depends on a small cadre of top lieutenants. The following are some of the critical players on the Fox television sports team.

Chase Carey

Co-Chief Operating Officer, News Corp.

Chairman and Chief Executive, Fox Television

In addition to serving as co-chief operating officer of News Corp. since 1996 and chief executive of Fox Television since 1994, Carey also sits on the News Corp. board and is a member of the five-person Office of the Chairman under Murdoch.

The 1981 Harvard Business School graduate not only helps charter News Corp.'s growth strategy, he also oversees the operation of all the News Corp. units, including all of Fox Television. Carey supervises the News Corp. satellite TV systems, and has been working on Fox's ongoing expansion into international television.

Locally, Carey was instrumental in Fox's recent purchase of the Dodgers, as well as in its acquisition of stakes in the Staples Center arena, the Kings hockey team and Lakers basketball franchise. Previously, Carey was the driving force in brokering broadcast agreements between Fox and the National Football League, the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball.

Carey has risen through the ranks since joining Fox Inc. in 1988 as an executive vice president, becoming chief financial officer and then chief operating officer by 1992. In that position, he oversaw the development of Fox Inc., including the affiliates Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., Twentieth Television, Fox Broadcasting Co. and Fox Television Stations Inc.

David Hill

President and Chief Operating Officer, Fox Television

President, Fox Sports

Hill became president of Fox Sports in 1993, and he helped develop and then oversee the network's coverage of NFL football, which Fox had picked up from CBS.

After his success with Fox Sports, Hill was given the additional role as president and chief operating officer of Fox Television in 1996. His Fox TV responsibilities make him a key player in developing all Fox Television units, including the television stations, the Fox network and the Fox cable enterprises.

Hill also is president and chief executive of Fox Sports Net a cable joint venture between Fox Sports, Liberty Media, Tele-Communications Inc. and Cablevision Inc. and sits on the board of NFL Europe, a partnership between the National Football League and Fox.

Hill has worked with Murdoch for the last decade, having helped News Corp. launch Britain's first satellite station (Sky Television) in 1988. Hill then launched and headed Britain's only dedicated sports channel, News Corp.'s Sky Sports, in 1991.

Ed Goren

Executive Producer, Fox Sports

Goren joined Fox Sports in 1994 as an executive producer with about 30 years of TV production experience and 14 Emmy awards under his belt. He and Hill serve as executive producers of all Fox sports productions.

Goren is a CBS veteran. With degrees in journalism and political science from Syracuse University, he started in the business in 1966 as a copy boy in the news division of a CBS affiliate station. He moved up to become a news writer, producer and on-air reporter, and in 1969 moved to CBS News as a producer for the daily network news feeds to CBS affiliates.

In 1975, Goren entered sports broadcasting as a coordinating producer at CBS Sports. Over the next 15 years, he produced everything from NFL, NBA and NCAA broadcasts to an Emmy-nominated show "Assault on Everest."

Goren grew up in a sports-dominated environment. His father, the late Herb Goren, was a long-time baseball columnist for the New York Sun and public relations director for the New York Rangers hockey team.

Tony Ball

President and Chief Executive, Fox/Liberty Networks

Ball now directs all Fox/Liberty operations, including Fox Sports Net, entertainment and sports cable network FX, the health and fitness network Fit TV and Fox Sports World, which airs English-language broadcasts throughout the United States of international sporting events. Both Fox Sports Net and FX are particularly strong performers for the company.

Ball also oversees Fox Sports International, the division dedicated to worldwide sports programming and telecasting. He became president and COO of the division in June 1996, and managed channels in North America, Latin America, Asia and Australia.

Ball first worked under Murdoch at BSkyB, a leading sports channel in the United Kingdom. Born and educated in London, where he received an MBA from Kingston University, Ball entered broadcasting at England's Thames TV. He became a founding director of Champion TV, which started the U.K's first sports-only channel. Subsequently, he joined Trans World International, the television branch of the International Management Group, where he was senior international vice president and head of European production.

Tracy Dolgin

Executive Vice President of Marketing and Promotion, Fox Sports

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Fox Sports Net

Dolgin, who has overseen all the marketing and advertising initiatives for Fox Sports since the division's creation in 1994, was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Fox Sports Net in July 1997. In his expanded capacity, Dolgin manages the operational areas of publicity, marketing, advertising and on-air promotions for the company.

Dolgin, who has an MBA from Stanford University, came to Fox Sports from his position as executive vice president of marketing at the Fox Broadcasting Co. There, he managed all marketing activities for Fox, including publicity and advertising.

While at Fox Sports, Dolgin helped develop the Emmy Award-winning "NFL on Fox Same Game, New Attitude" marketing campaign, as well as other aggressive, well-received sports advertising initiatives.

Before joining Fox, Dolgin came from HBO Video in New York. After joining HBO as marketing manager in 1986, he was promoted to senior vice president of marketing, where he developed marketing plans for more than 50 video releases a year, as well as supervised advertising and

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