Just two months before Back9Network is slated to launch on DirecTV on Sept. 26, founder and CEO Jamie Bosworth is resigning from the golf lifestyle startup.
As reported by Hartford Business Journal, Bosworth is leaving the Hartford-based network. No details were given on the reason for Bosworth’s departure other than Bosworth is leaving to pursue other career opportunities.
Bosworth, together with friend Reid Gorman, founded Back9 in 2010 to, according to Back9’s website, “transcend the professional tours and focus on the golf lifestyle, appealing to passionate player and casual fan alike.”
Charles Cox, Back9’s Chief Financial Officer and head of business development since 2012, will assume the role of CEO. Gorman has been named chief administrative officer and executive vice president. President Carlos Silva will assume additional responsibilities as well.
Back9 has raised around $30 million to date including funds -- including loan guarantees -- from the state of Connecticut totaling $5 million.
In late June, Back9 announced it had reached a multi-year agreement with DirecTV -- one Mutichannel News reports involved payment from Back9Network for the programming slot -- for 1,100 hours of programming, including 10 original primetime series such as “The Ahmad Rashad Show,” “Ball Hogs,” and “Golf Treasures.” Back9 will also host live shows each morning, midday and evening. The network has provided content solely online via its website as it sought an elusive TV contract.
JOIN GNN PLUS AS AN ANNUAL MEMBER & YOU'LL GET:
- A FREE USGA handicap ($30 value, annual members only)
- Entry into member-only giveaways
- Special discounts and member benefits
- An ad-free experience
- Equipment testing data
- Exclusive fantasy golf and betting research