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Director Profile: Mike Arnold, NFL Lead Game Director, CBS Sports

Sunday, January 13, 2008 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 10:39 PM, under , ,

Next week, CBS Sports Director Mike Arnold will be directing the AFC Championship Game. People do not normally get to hear of or learn about the people working in the production truck during games. This is his profile as published by CBS Sports. Last Updated: Jan 13, 2008.

Michael Arnold was promoted to lead game director for THE NFL ON CBS in May 2004. Since the NFL returned to the CBS Television Network in 1998, Arnold had served as the director for the Network's NFL announce team of Dick Enberg and Dan Dierdorf for six seasons and served as replay director for CBS Sports' coverage of Super Bowl XXXVIII and served as director of the Network's HDTV broadcast of Super Bowl XXXV. Last season he served as director of the Network's broadcast of Super Bowl XLI.

A five-time Emmy Award winner, Arnold joined CBS Sports in 1981 as a broadcast associate. During his 23 years with CBS Sports, Arnold has served in a production capacity for the Network's coverage of the NFL, the Olympics, Major League Baseball, the NBA, NCAA basketball, college football and boxing.

Arnold has served as director for the Network's coverage of its last seven NFL Divisional Playoff games (1994 NFC Divisional Playoff game; Green Bay vs. Dallas; and nine AFC Divisional Playoff games (1999-2007)). He also has been a part of every production of the Super Bowl the Network has broadcast since 1982 (XVI, 1982; XVIII, 1984; XXI, 1987; XXIV, 1990; XXVI, 1992; XXXV, 2001; XXXVIII, 2004 and XLI, 2007).

Highlighted among his many credits include serving as the director for the 1992 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship East Regional Final between Duke and Kentucky when Christian Laettner hit a last-second winning basket for Duke. He also served as the director for the Network's coverage of the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway when American Dan Jansen finally won his gold medal in speedskating. During the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, Arnold directed the first-ever live men's downhill skiing event that featured Austrian Hermann Maier's spectacular high-flying crash. And in 1992, he won an Emmy Award for Innovative Technical Achievement for his direction and use of "Gate-Cam," which gave viewers a "coming and going shot" of the skiers as they sped past the gates, during the women's downhill skiing event at the Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.

In addition, Arnold also served as the director for Major League Baseball's 1993 American League Championship Series. He produced the Network's pre-game shows for the 1991 World Series (Atlanta vs. Minnesota), as well as the 1991 and 1992 Major League Baseball All-Star Games. In 1996 he directed the National Championship Game in college football (Fiesta Bowl; Nebraska vs. Florida).

Arnold graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio & Television from Arizona State University in 1978. He was born on October 4, 1956 in New York City and currently resides there with his wife, Renee, and son, Marc.

Photo: John Filo/CBS ©2004 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. Used with Permission.

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