Patrick W. Crumb


SMU board committees

Committee on Trustees
Academic Affairs Committee

Educational background

University of Washington School of Law,
1985-88

Juris Doctor, with Honors
Georgetown University, 1984-85
(Goldwater Fellow, Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems)
American University, 1984
(directed study in U.S. Foreign Policy)
Saint Martin’s University, 1981-85
Bachelor of Arts in political science
(summa cum laude, Valedictorian)


Patrick Crumb

Patrick Crumb is the President of DIRECTV Sports Networks, a subsidiary of DIRECTV. He is responsible for leading DIRECTV Sports, as well as the company’s three regional sports networks branded as ROOT SPORTS™. The three networks (based in Bellevue, WA, Denver, CO, and Pittsburgh, PA) are distributed nationally and hold television rights to over two dozen professional and collegiate teams and conferences, including the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers, Colorado Rockies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pac-12 Conference, Big Sky Conference, Mountain West Conference, West Coast Conference and Gonzaga University. Previously, Crumb served as DIRECTV Sports’ Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and General Counsel. Prior to joining DIRECTV in 2009, Crumb held other senior executive positions in major media companies, as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Liberty Sports Group, a subsidiary of Denver-based Liberty Media, and as a Senior Vice President and General Manager for Los Angeles-based Fox Interactive Media (FIM), a division of News Corporation.

A Northwest native and 1988 graduate of the University of Washington’s School of Law, Crumb was a partner at two prominent Seattle law firms (Bogle & Gates, and Corr Cronin, et al) before leaving private practice in 2000 to join Rivals.com, a digital media network, as the Senior Vice President of Corporate and Business Development. He also created and served on the board of directors of two international affiliates, Rivals Japan (a joint venture with Softbank Media) and Rivals Europe (a joint venture with Chrysalis Entertainment). Following Rivals, Crumb became the co-founder and President of Scout Media and its subsidiaries, Scout.com and Scout Publishing, from start up through the successful sale of the companies to Fox Interactive Media in 2005.

Crumb is a respected leader in the Seattle business community and is active in civic and charitable organizations. He was a member of the Washington Athletic Club’s Board of Governors for ten years, serving as Chairman of the Board in 2008-09. He currently serves as President of the University of Washington Alumni Association (2012-13), and is on the board of directors of the Seattle Sports Commission and the 101 Club. Crumb also is on the Board of Trustees of Saint Martin’s University in Olympia, Wash., where he earned summa cum laude and Valedictorian honors in receiving his undergraduate degree.