Dennis Deninger

Professor of Practice in Sport Management

Departments & Academic Units

Contact Info

810 Nottingham Road
Syracuse, NY 13224
Phone: (315) 443-7361

Areas of Specialization

Sports television and media; The Super Bowl and event production; sport communications by teams, leagues and organizers; sports documentaries


Dennis Deninger is an Emmy-award winning television production executive and innovative educator who has produced live sports television from six continents and across the USA. He is professor of practice at the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics and was the founding director of the sports communications graduate program at Syracuse University’s S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Deninger has created several new graduate and undergraduate courses at Syracuse, his alma mater.

In the spring of 2013, working with his students as the research team, he wrote, produced and directed a new documentary on the history and culture of lacrosse entitled America’s First Sport.

Dennis Deninger is the author of Sports on Television: The How and Why Behind What You See, published by Routledge Taylor and Francis of New York and London. He spent twenty-five years at ESPN leading production teams for studio programming, live remote events and digital video platforms.

Deninger joined ESPN in October 1982 as one of the first four coordinating producers for SportsCenter and held that position until 1986. That was the year he created the Scholastic Sports America series which continued for 15 years on ESPN. During the course of his career at ESPN, Deninger launched more than a dozen new televised series and events including the National Spelling Bee, Major League Soccer, and Racing to the Kentucky Derby, plus he created the most successful daily sports video series in the history of the internet, SportsCenter Right Now, which was originally titled the SportsCenter Minute.

Deninger has won Emmy Awards for innovation in sports television, production on digital platforms, and educational television. He developed for American television the digital instant review technology called “Shot Spot” now in use at virtually all major tennis tournaments. He launched ESPN’s coverage of Wimbledon and the French Open, plus was the executive in charge of production for a dozen Australian Opens, Friday Night Fights, Triple Crown horse racing, PBA bowling and a variety of other live events.

As Coordinating Producer for World Cup ’94, Deninger was responsible for all coverage on ABC and ESPN. He and his team created the first continuously displayed sponsored score-box for live sports which has become a staple of American television.

He won an Emmy and three Parents’ Choice Awards, plus the National Clarion Award as executive producer of ESPN SportsFigures, an educational series that shows how math and science are at work in every sport.

Deninger is on the board of directors of the Cheshire Education Foundation, which works to enhance public education in Cheshire, CT. He served as an elected member of the Cheshire Board of Education from 1993-97. Each year he is the master of ceremonies for the National High School Coach of the Year banquet and the annual “Sports Night” Special Olympics fundraiser in his hometown of Hornell, NY.

Dennis resides in Cheshire, CT, with his wife, Gail. They have two sons, Matthew and Kevin.