Tony Petitti Gives MLB Network a Quality Start

A little more than a year ago, Tony Petitti walked into an abandoned television studio in Secaucus, N.J., where it looked as though a bomb had gone off. He was about to begin the next chapter in his career, having just left a comfortable gig as the No. 2 executive at CBS Sports (CBS). His new job: help Major League Baseball launch its own cable channel, the MLB Network. Without staff, without a working studio, and without advertisers, Petitti began the daunting task of trying to get a network up and running in six months, in time for a planned Jan. 1 launch.

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