Former ESPN production director Mike Pearl, a member of the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame who made a huge impact on a variety of high profile events over four decades and multiple networks, died at the age of 77, according to Sports Video Group.
Pearl spent two stints at ABC Sports during his long career and brought his expertise to ESPN before retiring in 2014. He won 17 Sports Emmy Awards.
Pearl began his career in the late 1960s as an on-air reporter on local Miami news. He made a name for himself at CBS Sports in the 1970s, producing “The NFL Today” with Phyllis George, Brent Musburger, Irv Cross and Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder.
His first stint with ABC Sports in the early 1980s included the production of Super Bowls, Monday Night Football, the Olympics, several editions of the Indy 500 and ABC’s “Wide World of Sports”.
In the mid-1990s, Pearl moved to Turner Sports and directed the production of events such as NASCAR, Olympic Games, figure skating, golf, Wimbledon and the NBA on TNT.
Pearl returned to ABC Sports in 2003, overseeing Monday Night Football, the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and golf, among others.