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Rick Gentile

Rick GentileDirector, Seton Hall University Sports Poll

Rick Gentile is an Emmy Award-winning sports broadcaster and former CBS Sports executive producer and senior vice president, whose career began with the Elias Sports Bureau, the renowned sports statistical service.

During his long tenure at CBS, Gentile served in a number of executive production and programming positions, including as the senior vice president of production and executive producer for the Nagano, Albertville and Lillehammer Winter Olympics, the latter being the highest rated event in television history. In 1996, he produced CBS's exclusive coverage of the Paralympic Games in Atlanta, and in 2000 produced coverage of the Paralympics from Sydney, Australia for WebMedia, a pioneering webcast in sports history.

At CBS, Gentile also oversaw the production of other major sporting events including two World Series, two National Football League seasons, five NCAA tournaments, five U.S. Tennis Opens, five seasons of PGA golf including the Masters Tournament and countless other sporting events. Most recently, Gentile was president and executive producer of Diamond Sports and Entertainment, and Senior Vice President, Executive Producer of The Football Network.

Gentile received a B.A. in sociology from Queens College and did graduate work in criminal justice at John Jay College.