SportsNet's Litner to replace chief Williams


WASHINGTON - Comcast SportsNet said Thursday that founder/president/CEO Jack Williams will step down and be replaced by SportsNet New York president Jon Litner.

Litner will run the eight regional sports networks owned or partly owned by Philadelphia-based Comcast, including SportsNet New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and others. The former ABC Sports and NHL executive launched SportsNet New York in 2006 as the New York Mets RSN owned by Sterling Entertainment Enterprises, Comcast and Time Warner Cable. He'll move to Philadelphia to assume the job, and report to Comcast programming president Jeff Shell. Williams will stay on as chairman and part-time adviser.

Williams was the founder of Comcast's first RSN in 1997 in Philadelphia. He has also worked for Cablevision, Spectacor and other companies. Litner was vp/COO of the NHL from 1999 to February 2005, when he joined SportsNet New York. Before that he was senior vp programming of ABC Sports and vp of busines affairs at The Baseball Channel.