Eddie Einhorn, Vice Chairman
Eddie Einhorn, who celebrated his 30th season in baseball in 2010, begins his 22nd year as vice chairman of the Chicago White Sox in 2012. Einhorn is in his sixth decade in the sports and broadcasting industry, having started broadcasting games at age 17.
Einhorn continues his long-term involvement with chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and the White Sox while also devoting time to his multiple global sports and television interests. Prior to becoming vice chairman, Einhorn, who also serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Bulls, was the White Sox president and chief operating officer for 10 years.
During his 30-plus year career in baseball, Einhorn has been a member of Major League Baseball's Schedule Format Committee, the Professional Baseball Association Committee, Player Development Committee and was a member of the Television Committee from 1992-95. He was one of the key architects of The Baseball Network, Major League Baseball's joint broadcasting venture. Einhorn's successful Cooperstown Baseball World, a sports camp complex for kids in Oneonta, N.Y., is in its 13th summer in 2012.
An advocate of youth baseball, Einhorn has been responsible for developing the New Era National Youth Baseball Championship, a tournament featuring 12-year-old national champions of the eight major youth baseball organizations. In its fifth year in 2012, the New Era National Youth Baseball Championship takes place in Memphis, Tenn., at the end of August and will be televised by the MLB Network.
Einhorn was the founder and chairman of TVS Television Network, a leader of sports programming in the 1970s that celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2010. The TVS telecast of college basketball's "Game of the Century" between Houston and UCLA from the Astrodome in 1968 is credited for the growth in popularity of college basketball on television.
The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City inducted Einhorn as a contributor in the Class of 2011 for his vision in founding TVS in 1965 and for his role in catapulting college basketball into national prominence. Presented by Dick Enberg, Einhorn was joined in the class by players James Worthy, Ralph Sampson, Cazzie Russell and Chris Mullin; coaches Bob Knight and Eddie Sutton; and fellow contributor Joe Vancisin.
Einhorn has written a book, available in bookstores nationally, on the evolution of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. The book, entitled "How March Became Madness," traces Einhorn's early days of televising college basketball in the 1960s to the present through interviews with over 50 people responsible for the game's growth, including John Wooden, Elvin Hayes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Digger Phelps and Enberg.
Recognized as the architect of baseball's first billion-dollar television contract, Einhorn was instrumental in negotiating Major League Baseball's 1990 deal with CBS-TV and ES PN. In 1989, Einhorn was appointed television consultant to the United States Olympic Committee and was responsible for a 200-hour Olympic television package that debuted in 1990. He currently is the television consultant for the United States Figure Skating Association. In 2007, Einhorn completed an agreement between Major League Baseball Advanced Media and the Ice Network to create and maintain the website www. icenetwork.com.
Prior to joining law school classmate Jerry Reinsdorf in 1981 to head the limited partnership that purchased the White Sox, Einhorn was the executive producer of the "CBS Sports Spectacular." At CBS, he was responsible for over 100 hours of programming per year and won an Emmy Award for "The Gossamer Albatross, Flight of Imagination," in 1980.
Einhorn has received many awards over the years, most notably being honored recently by his hometown of Paterson, N.J. with the Mayor's Award for civic contribution. He currently serves on the board of the Kidney and Urology Foundation, a project close to his heart.
Einhorn was born on January 3, 1936 in Paterson, N.J. and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. A graduate of the Northwestern University School of Law, Einhorn worked as a vendor at Comiskey Park from 1959-60. Einhorn and his wife, Ann, have two children: Jennifer, who is manager of special events for Major League Baseball, and Jeff, who works in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles and produced "Winning Ugly: Twenty Years Later," a retrospective DVD about the 1983 American League West Champion White Sox. The Einhorns have one grandchild.
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