EFLI Signs Sports Production Powerhouse, Sandy Grossman, to direct EFLI Broadcasts beginning November 2012
Sandy Grossman sat with executives from the EFLI in Palm Desert on Friday quickly growing excited about the artistic creativity this new football league offers to the Indian broadcast as well as to the game of football itself.
One of the top television sports directors in the business, Sandy immediately and intuitively began visualizing the production without restriction of NFL filming regulation.
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Sandy Grossman, an eight-time Emmy Award-winning director, is recognized as one of the most respected professionals in sports television.In 1994, he assumed the mantle of lead director for FOX Sports' coverage of the NFL, the same role he had held at CBS since 1975.On NFL coverage, Grossman has worked with play-by-play announcer Pat Summerall and analyst John Madden since 1981.
Grossman also served as lead director for the NHL on FOX, having teamed with play-by-play announcer Mike Emrick and analyst John Davidson the last five years.
Grossman directed ice hockey for CBS Sports at the 1992 and 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville and Lillehammer, respectively.Grossman directed six Super Bowl broadcasts by CBS Sports beginning with Super Bowl X in 1976, and won an Emmy Award for his work on Super Bowl XIV in 1980.He also won the Directors Guild of America's first award for Outstanding Sports Direction for his work on Super Bowl XVIII in 1985.Super Bowl XXVI in 1992 was his last Super Bowl assignment for CBS Sports.Two of his eight Emmys came for NFL direction.As the lead director for CBS Sports coverage of The NBA on CBS from 1972 through 1990, Grossman directed 18 NBA Finals and won Emmys in 1986 and 1987.Grossman joined CBS in 1957 as an usher.He next was promoted to a public affairs position at WCBS-TV in New York before beginning his move toward the director's chair as a production assistant at CBS Sports in 1963. Dean Jordan is Managing Partner of RHI Holdings in Raleigh, North Carolina, a company he co-founded in 2000.RHI targets diversified marketing services firms for its portfolio of companies.Prior to RHI, Jordan served as President and COO of Gale Force Holdings and the Carolina Hurricanes in November 1999.
Editor's Note: Sandy Grossman, the great sports director who worked the glory years of the NBA on CBS passed away on April 3, 2014 after a long bout vs cancer, the dreaded disease.
Yes, Tommy Heinsohn was teaching the nuances of the NBA game to the great CBS Sports director Sandy Grossman and his young counterpart, Mike Burks, the lead producer for the NBA on CBS.
It came after Grossman had his cameras zooming in to the faces that sports fans already knew on a first name basis, but had somehow forgotten when it came to viewing choices, albeit the few they had at the time.
Grossman relied on his main game cameras, but he often cut to those low courtside cameras to show viewers the sweat dripping off of those ever-so-familiar aces belonging to athletes who were as physical as boxers but as versatile as acrobats or ballet dancers.
The memory runs so clear, because that night, late after the game, in a hotel hospitality room at Century City in LA, Grossman had a three-quarter inch tape of the All-Star game that he had recorded and he played the sequence again-and-again as a small gathering watched in awe.
Grossman re-wound the tape to Gaye's national anthem and hit "play,"much to the delight of every person who walked into the room.
If you were new and missed the previous showtime but had heard the oohs and aahs from a roomful of the congregation already converted by Heinsohn's wisdom, old Sandy played it again.
Happily, the names of Grossman, Burks and Shaker came up at Stern's small, classy, dignified retirement party in late January, and, thankfully, Shaker was there to shake the outgoing Commissioner's hand and welcome the young Commissioner Silver to an NBA world that no one could've ever imagined 30 years ago.
The six new CLPs are: Sonia Cliffel, vice president; Jen Fitch, senior vice president; Sandy Grossman, vice president; Christina Lord, assistant vice president; Alfred Quinto, assistant vice president, project manager and Sara Whitford, assistant vice president.
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