In May, Shanks became the youngest-ever network sports division president. After working for NFL broadcasters Pat Summerall and John Madden in Fox's early days, Shanks bounced around News Corp. -- helping James Murdoch develop the company's digital business and heading entertainment at DirecTV -- before Fox Sports chief David Hill tapped him to run the broadcast network.
And what a time it is for sports divisions like Fox's. Assaulted by ESPN and other cable channels, the networks are fighting for viewers. Insiders expect Shanks to revive the division by focusing on digital projects while shoring up the broadcast network.
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