NEW YORK, NY – Longtime public relations executive Avis Roper has been named Senior Director, Communications for FOX Sports, it was announced today by Terri Hines, Executive Vice President, Communications. Roper will support communications strategy and day-to-day publicity for FOX Sports with a spotlight on NFL and MLB coverage. He will be based in the network’s New York office starting Monday, May 21.
“Avis brings over two decades of proven leadership and expertise in the sports communications field spanning a wide range of areas,” said Hines. “His deep relationships within the sports industry and exceptional reputation as a dependable, trusted, smart and strategic PR professional will be a true asset for our team. We look forward to him joining the FOX Sports family.”
For the past seven years, Roper served as the senior director of communications for the Indianapolis Colts. In this role, Roper was the day-to-day spokesperson on all football and corporate communications, while acting as the team’s liaison with local, national and international media outlets. Roper has over 20 years of NFL communications experience across four franchises.
In his previous role, Roper worked as the assistant director of communications with the New York Giants from 1999-2011 during which time the Giants were victorious over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Over his career, Roper has worked on the NFL public relations teams for several Super Bowls and NFC Championship games. In 2001, he was part of the Giants public relations crew that won the Pete Rozelle Award, honoring the league’s best public relations department. He also has held stints in the communications departments of the Carolina Panthers and St. Louis Rams, and spent time early in his career with the NBA.
Roper is currently serving as an advisory board member for the Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky region of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. A native of Charleston, S.C., Roper is an alumnus of South Carolina State University. He will be relocating his family to the New York-area with his wife, Catherine, and two children, Grayson and Sydney.