The man in charge of the Super Bowl halftime show has departed his duties with the NFL and NFL Network to lead the NHL’s broadcast department.
Two independent sources told me today that former NFL Vice President of Programming Charles Coplin has voluntarily left the league and that his new position with the National Hockey League is considered a career promotion.
Coplin, who was initially hired as the NFL’s senior director of broadcasting in 2001, was also charged with overseeing the launch and operation of NFL Network beginning in 2003. Though his highest profile duty was as the NFL’s point man in booking and staging musical acts for the Super Bowl halftime show.
One prominent NFL media member described Coplin to me today as, “a visionary at (NFL) network. He was excellent at his job and will be missed by the folks who work there.”
When I first heard that Coplin was leaving NFL Network, I wondered if his departure had to do with the NFL’s recent hiring of NFL Network consultant Mark Shapiro. Shapiro, the former head of programming at ESPN, was brought in by the league to assist in a makeover of NFL Network programming.
But from what I was told today, Coplin’s departure was not spurred by Shapiro’s arrival at the network.