Jerry Passaro is Senior Vice President of Network & Technical Operations for MSG Networks. He oversees the operations and technical side of MSGN’s sports and entertainment network MSG and regional sports network MSG Plus.
He graduated from CUNY- Queens College with a BA in 1979 and received an MS in Television & Radio from CUNY- Brooklyn College in 1981. He immediately joined the Cablevision family in 1981 as an On-Air Promotion Producer for Rainbow Programming. A year later he moved to SportsChannel, where he would stay for more than 15 years, serving as Executive Producer and Director of Programming.
Jerry joined MSG Networks in 1997, first serving as Vice President of Programming and later Senior Vice President of Distribution and Development. During his 21 years with MSGN, he has negotiated numerous rights, labor, talent and facilities agreements. His efforts have had a significant impact on MSGN’s programming lineup which include the acquisition and extension of MSGN’s agreement with the Buffalo Sabres hockey team and key contributions towards MSGN’s 162 Emmy Awards over the last ten years.
In 2008 Jerry assumed his current role and immediately took over management of a two-year long project to relocate and build MSG Network’s new offices, studios and production facilities at 11 Penn Plaza on 7th Avenue, across the street from Madison Square Garden.
He also led the development and implementation of the first live 3-D telecast to the home in the United States and production of a live 3-D NHL game on March 24, 2010 when the New York Rangers hosted the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden.
This past year Jerry managed the procurement and installation of four state of the art outdoor video boards outside of MSG Networks Studios. The four nine feet by nine feet LED boards were the first on the east coast to feature high resolution in 6.67 millimeters, which has unmatched clarity.
Jerry is married to Susan Lang, they reside in East Hills, NY and have two grown children Steven & Lauren. He has won four New York Emmy Awards during his career, including an Emmy for Yankees baseball, which was the first by a New York regional sports network.