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RIP, Sandy Grossman

Condolences to the family and friends of Sandy Grossman, one of the most accomplished directors in sports TV history, who died of cancer this week at age 78.

Grossman directed numerous major events, including NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Finals, but he was best known as the director for the storied NFL team at CBS and Fox that featured Pat Summerall and John Madden.

Here is a statement issued by CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus:

"Sandy is as much a part of the great tradition and heritage of CBS Sports as anyone who has ever worked here.

"His amazing directorial talents on the NFL truly distinguished him as one of the great directors in the history of sports television. For many years Sandy Grossman's name was synonymous with excellence in NFL coverage.

"It's a sad day at CBS Sports and our sympathies and prayers go out to the entire Grossman family."

Here is a statement from Fox Sports president Eric Shanks:

"Sandy was part of the original heart and soul of Fox Sports. He was a brilliant director and a thoughtful colleague. He mentored many of us here and throughout the sports TV industry, and we learned more from him than he could imagine.

"On behalf of everyone at Fox Sports, we extend our deepest condolences to Sandy’s family who are in our thoughts and prayers. He'll be greatly missed."

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