Mike McCarley was named President, Golf Channel on Feb. 2, 2011. He oversees NBCUniversal’s portfolio of golf assets including Golf Channel, one of the fastest-growing networks on U.S. television since joining NBC Sports Group, “Golf Channel on NBC,” GolfChannel.com, GolfNow and other related golf lifestyle businesses.
In 2014, Golf Channel matched its highest-rated year ever and posted its second most-watched year, which capped four consecutive record-breaking years since the network joined NBC Sports Group in 2011. Golf Channel is currently available in more than 120 million homes in 83 countries and 12 languages worldwide. Under McCarley’s leadership, Golf Channel has expanded its high-quality programming slate and increased viewership across all dayparts. Additionally, McCarley played a key role in the NBC Sports Group’s television rights negotiations with the PGA TOUR, resulting in NBC extending its partnership and expanded Golf Channel opportunities through 2021, as well as signing the longest partnership in professional sports with the PGA of America through 2030.
Prior to his current role overseeing golf for the NBC Sports Group, McCarley served as Senior Vice President, Communications, Marketing and Promotions, NBC Sports & Olympics since August 2008. He created the award-winning “Sunday Night is Football Night” campaign and was the architect of NBC Sports’ highly successful “Big Event Strategy,” which marshals all NBCUniversal assets to make the audiences for the biggest events in sports even bigger.
McCarley, an Emmy Award-winner, helped set two Guinness World Records and has won multiple ProMax Awards for Olympic and NFL campaigns. He joined NBC in February 2000 as the Communications Director for NBC’s Olympic division; was promoted to Director, Marketing and Communications in 2003; was promoted to Vice President in 2004; and in 2006 added oversight of all NBC Sports Advertising and Promotions. Prior to NBC, McCarley worked with USA Triathlon in association with the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Dallas Mavericks and the University of Arizona.
A native of Memphis, Tenn., and graduate of the University of Arizona, McCarley resides in the Orlando area with his wife and four children.