Welcome to episode No. 40 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch. In this podcast, which is published weekly, Deitsch interviews members of the sports media about their work and interesting people about the sports media. This week’s podcast guest is CBS Sports director Mike Arnold, the director of Super Bowl 50. This will be the fourth Super Bowl directed by Arnold, who also directed the famous 1992 NCAA Men’s Basketball East Regional Final between Duke and Kentucky when Christian Laettner hit his famous last-second winning basket for Duke.
In this episode, Arnold discusses the role of a director in a sports broadcast, how he prepares to work a game the magnitude of a Super Bowl, how crowd shots are decided during a game, how he communicates with camera people during a game, why you see the commercials when you do during an NFL game, what it feels like to read criticism of his broadcasters such as Phil Simms and Mike Carey, how he gets evaluated, whether sports television directors are made or born and much more.
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