COO / Alternate Governor
Matt Hutchings returned to Denver and to Kroenke Sports & Entertainment in October 2013, as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President for the integrated sports and entertainment organization.
Prior to his return to KSE, Hutchings spent two years as President and General Manager of the new regional sports network, Comcast SportsNet Houston. CSN Houston launched in October 2012, is a joint partnership of the Houston Astros, Houston Rockets and NBC Sports. The 24/7 sports network broadcasted to a five state region, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and parts of New Mexico.
The network is the home of the Rockets, Astros and Houston Dynamo, and select collegiate, high school and other events from the region, as well as national programming from NBC Sports. Starting in December 2011, Hutchings built his team of 125 plus staff as well as the build out of their new 32,000 sq. ft. broadcast center in downtown Houston.
The CSNH position was Hutchings return to Houston following 8 years in Denver as President and CEO of Altitude Sports & Entertainment, owned by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, of which Hutchings was also an Executive Vice President. Altitude, launched in 2004 by Stan Kroenke, is the 10-state regional sports network home of the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids and Colorado Mammoth. Hired originally as the COO, Hutchings helped build the Altitude team and facilities from the start and helped lead Altitude to one of the preeminent regional sports networks in the United States today.
From 1997 to 2004, Hutchings was President and CEO of Texas-based, HMG International, a global creative services and advertising firm, specializing in programming development and distribution to television networks world-wide.
Launching sports networks is nothing new for Hutchings. From 1991 to 1997, he helped launch two of the world’s first and largest multi-continent and multi- channel distribution platforms. Starting in 1991, Hutchings moved his wife and two young children to Hong Kong to be part of the launch team for STAR TV Asia. Originally five networks, of which Prime Sports was one, STAR launched to 39 countries in three languages. Hutchings was the Director of Operations and a Producer/Director for STAR.
In late 1993, he was recruited by ESPN International to help launch their Middle Eastern/North African partnership, Orbit Satellite and Television Radio Network, and be ESPN’s General Manager and Executive Producer. Within three months Hutchings was promoted to VP of Programming and Production, and ultimately SVP, overseeing the launch and operation of 22 television channels and 12 radio channels. With his production and creative teams, Hutchings won numerous broadcast accolades and awards.
Starting as a contract production and operations staff member in 1983, then moving to full-time in 1987, Hutchings worked for then Home Sports Entertainment (today Fox Sports Southwest) until 1991. Beginning as a contractor on production trucks covering the Astros, Rockets and schools of the old South West Conference for HSE, Hutchings rose to Director of On-Air Operations for SportsCom (HSE’s operations partner) helping in the launch and management of six sports networks originating from their Houston based facility.
Graduating from Texas A&M with degrees in both Psychology and Sociology in 1987, Hutchings then attended graduate school at the University of Houston.
An award-winning Producer and Director, he has won several Emmy’s, Telly’s, Pro-Max Awards and other broadcast industry recognitions.
From 2007 to 2011, at the request of the Colorado National Guard and United States Army/Department of Defense, along with his producing partner, Hutchings traveled to Iraq four times and Afghanistan once to embed with and produce documentaries on deployed elements of the National Guard and United States Army. The DOD also enlisted Hutchings and his partner to train over 60 Iraqi journalists in Southern Iraq.
Hutchings is also involved in youth sports, over the years serving as a coach and president of several sports-related booster clubs. He is currently on the selection committee for the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
Hutchings is married to his high school sweetheart. They have four children.