Chris Licata

Johnson & Wales University
Denver, Colorado


Heavy's sports editor Chris Licata brings more than 10 years of experience in the sports industry. He was named the site's first NFL editor in 2021 where he led record-setting football viewership for two years.

Prior to joining Heavy in 2019 as an NFL contributor, his background focused heavily on communications, helping drive coverage for DISH Network's award-winning live-TV streaming service, Sling TV.

Chris also supported NFL media relations efforts during three consecutive Super Bowl runs from 2016 to 2019. As lead communications intern for the Los Angeles Rams — named the NFL's most excellent PR staff in 2019 — he contributed to the team's weekly game releases, annual media guide, national interviews and media credentials.

He earned a multi-season internship with the New England Patriots between 2016 and 2018 after spending three seasons with the Gillette Stadium ticket office.

When he wasn't transcribing Tom Brady or Bill Belichick's weekly press conferences, Chris streamlined the Patriots' fan mail operation and led external communications and social media for The Kraft Group's Overwatch League team, the Boston Uprising, during its inaugural season in 2017.

A Rhode Island native, Chris started his sports career in high school and college, parking cars at Pawtucket Red Sox games.


Chris Licata holds a bachelor's degree in Sports, Entertainment, Event Management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he graduated in 2016.

Latest Articles From Chris Licata

  • 2024 NFL Draft Live Stream: Watch the First 3 Rounds Here

    Watch the live stream of the 2024 NFL draft on, featuring pre- and post-draft coverage of all 32 first-round picks.

  • 49ers’ Deebo Samuel Called Out by Eagles Star Immediately After SB Loss

  • ‘Incredible’ Camera Angle on Christian McCaffrey Double-Pass TD Shows Clutch Block

  • 2024 Super Bowl Referee Bill Vinovich Is No Stranger to Wild Playoff Endings

  • CBS Sports Chairman Admits Tony Romo Has Been Told to ‘Calm Down’

  • 5 AI-Powered Super Bowl Predictions for Chiefs vs. 49ers

    Heavy Sports' projections model lays out 5 AI-powered game predictions for the 2024 Super Bowl in Las Vegas.

  • Patriots to Part Ways With Bill Belichick After 24 Seasons: Reports

  • 5 AI-Powered Wild Card Predictions for Packers vs. Cowboys

  • 5 AI-Powered Predictions for Bills vs. Dolphins: Week 18

  • 5 AI-Powered Predictions for Packers vs. Bears: Week 18

  • Cowboys Update: 1st-Round Starter ‘Completely Tore’ Plantar Fascia

    Cowboys starting guard Tyler Smith suffered a fully torn plantar fascia in Week 17, but may not miss much time, according to Ian Rapoport.

  • Cowboys’ Mike McCarthy Under Fire Despite Wild 20-19 Win: ‘Absolute Liability’

  • 5 AI-Powered Predictions for Packers vs. Vikings: Week 17

  • Ciara Reacts to Russell Wilson’s First Comments Since Broncos Benching

  • Even in New York, Aaron Rodgers Is ‘Not Happy’ About the Lions

  • NFL Draft: Former GM Randy Mueller Reveals Final 2023 Position Rankings

  • Blueprint for Geno Smith’s Next Seahawks Contract Revealed [WATCH]

  • Former NFL Doctor Reveals Big ‘Worry’ Over Odell Beckham’s Super Bowl Injury

  • Want to Be a Heavy Sports Contributor? Here’s How to Apply

  • Andy Reid Reveals Epic Postgame Message to Patrick Mahomes

    Chiefs coach Andy Reid had a message for his quarterback minutes after Kansas City's thrilling overtime AFC Divisional win over the Bills.

  • Viral Dak Prescott Photo Leaves Cowboys Fans Optimistic for QB’s Return

  • Cowboys Fans Erupt After NFL Drops Hefty Taunting Fine on CeeDee Lamb

  • Chiefs Sign Veteran Pass Rusher as Potential Frank Clark Replacement: Report

  • Melvin Ingram Signs With AFC Contender Over Chiefs: Report

  • Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill Proposes to Girlfriend With Epic July 4 Stunt

    The July 4 weekend was filled with fireworks for the Kansas City Chiefs star receiver — literally and figuratively.

  • Chiefs CB Deandre Baker Shows Off Terrific Progress From Broken Leg [LOOK]

  • Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu Reveals New ‘Deal’ After Social Media Rumors Fly

  • Chiefs Named ‘Logical’ Destination for Seahawks Pro Bowl LB

  • Chiefs Named ‘Best Fit’ for Former NFL Sack Leader, Top-10 Pick

  • ‘Hard Knocks’ Star Among 2 Surprising Cuts on Early Chiefs Roster Projection

    After an active offseason, the Chiefs are in store for some more difficult roster decisions when final cuts roll around in August.