Executive Producer, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network
Sam Flood was named Executive Producer, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network (formerly VERSUS) on February 2, 2011. He oversees all aspects of sports production for both networks and reports directly to Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group. Flood was named only the seventh Executive Producer in NBC Sports history in June 2010 after serving as Coordinating Producer, NBC Sports since July 2005.
Flood is the producer for the critically acclaimed and most-watched NFL studio show Football Night in America, as well as NBC Sports' horse racing coverage that includes the Triple Crown. Flood, a former college hockey captain, also oversees production for the NHL on NBC and NBC Sports Network, and is regarded as one of the most influential figures in the sport of hockey in the U.S. As executive producer, he also oversees production for NBC and NBC Sports Network's coverage of IndyCar, Tour de France, French Open, and MLS, among others.
A 15-time Emmy Award winner, and three-time Eclipse Award winner, Flood produced the Olympic Closing Ceremony from Salt Lake in 2002, and the Torino Closing Ceremony in February 2006 both just days after producing the network's coverage of the Daytona 500.
One of the many Olympic researchers who moved on to successful roles in the world of sports and entertainment, Flood joined NBC Sports in 1986 as an Olympic researcher for the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea. He produced Olympic track and field during the 1996 Atlanta Games, 2000 Sydney Games, 2004 Athens Games and 2008 Beijing Games and produced the daytime studio show at the Vancouver Games. He won an Emmy in 1999 for live event turnaround for the 1999 World Track and Field Championship in Seville, Spain. In seven days in 2002, Flood produced the Daytona 500 and the Closing Ceremony to the Salt Lake Games.
Before becoming a researcher for the 1988 Summer Olympics for NBC Sports, Flood was a writer for Turner Sports during the network's coverage of the 1986 Goodwill Games in Moscow, Russia, and an associate producer for "CNN Sports Tonight" concurrently. In 1988, Flood also helped create and produce CNBC's "Sports Business," which aired through 1990.
Flood graduated from Williams College in 1983, where he earned a bachelor's degree in history. A native of Dedham, Mass, he and his wife, Jane, reside in Ridgewood, N.J., with their two children, Eliza and Sam, Jr.