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. In February 2010, he served as director of the Network’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLIV, which was watched by 106.5 million viewers making it the most-watched program in television history at the time. Arnold also served as director of Super Bowl LIII, Super Bowl 50, which was the most-watched single broadcast in television history on an all-or-part basis and won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Special, Super Bowl XLVII and Super Bowl XLI, replay director for CBS Sports’ coverage of Super Bowl XXXVIII and was the director of the Network’s HDTV broadcast of Super Bowl XXXV.
A 12-time Emmy Award winner, Arnold joined CBS Sports in 1981 as a broadcast associate. During his 40 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 17 NFL Divisional Playoff games (1994 NFC Divisional Playoff game; Green Bay vs. Dallas; and 22 AFC Divisional Playoff games (1999-2020). 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; XLI, 2007; XLIV, 2010; XLVII, 2013; 50, 2016 and LIII, 2019).
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 the 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.
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