Mr. Cohen is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of West Ridge Associates, a sports and media consulting firm, since 2013. West Ridge’s clients include Platinum Equities, a private equity firm, the Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball, and The Switch, a broadcast transmission facilities provider.
Mr. Cohen served as President of Sports at The Switch from 2013 to 2018 as an employee and from 2018 through May 2020 as an independent consultant. He was Chief Executive Officer and Principal Owner of The Switch predecessor companies Hughes Television Network (1985-1989) and HTN Communications, LLC (2003-2013).
Mr. Cohen served in various senior executive roles with Madison Square Garden, including President of MSG Networks (1977-1985), when he was a member of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Hockey League (NHL) television committees. He returned as Executive Vice President of MSG Media & Development (1995-2002).
Mr. Cohen was Chairman of the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL (1993-1995), also serving on the NHL Board of Governors. He was President of Spectacor West and Chief Executive Officer of Spectacor Films (1991-1993), serving on the board of Allied Communications, Inc. (ACI), an independent film distribution company.
He was co-founder and a director of USA Network (1977-1981). Mr. Cohen serves as a director of Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. since April 2020. He also serves as a director of Joe Torre’s Safe At Home Foundation and Maccabi World Union. He serves as a director emeritus of the March of Dimes and trustee emeritus of the California Institute of the Arts.
Recognition of Mr. Cohen includes the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame and the WWE Hall of Fame, the Sports Business Journal’s Champions Class of 2016, Ellis Island Medal of Honor and Billboard Magazine’s Facilities Manager of the Year (1974 and 1976). Mr. Cohen brings to the Board his long-term experience and knowledge of the sports, entertainment and media industries.