Sport Don Ohlmeyer, ‘Monday Night Football’ TV innovator, dead at 72

15:50  11 september  2017
15:50  11 september  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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Don Ohlmeyer , whose influential television career included producing “ Monday Night Football ” during its 1970s heyday at ABC and two decades later guiding NBC to No. 1 in prime time on the strength of programs like “Seinfeld” and “ER,” died Sunday in Indian Wells, Calif. He was 72 .

Longtime NBC executive Don Ohlmeyer dies at 72 . His death was announced by Al Michaels during Sunday’s Giants-Cowboys game on NBC. “ [He was] the original producer of Monday Night Football when he was in his 20s,” Michaels said of Ohlmeyer .

Don Ohlmeyer, one of the original producers of "Monday Night Football" and hailed as an innovator in televised sports, has died. He was 72.

"It is with heavy hearts we share that Don Ohlmeyer, our beloved husband, father and grandfather, has passed away at age of 72 due to cancer,'' Ohlmeyer's family said in a statement (via ESPN). "Surrounded by loved ones, he died peacefully at his home in Indian Wells [California].''

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Before segueing into the entertainment side of programming at NBC, Ohlmeyer made his mark at ABC as a producer and director of three Olympic broadcasts and "Monday Night Football," a programming breakthrough that brought sports to prime time on a weeknight in the 1960s.

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Ohlmeyer , the " Monday Night Football " producer who came up with the phrase "Must See TV " in leading NBC to the No. 1 prime-time spot, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. He was 72 . less.

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Don Ohlmeyer , the " Monday Night Football " producer who came up with the phrase "Must See TV " in leading NBC to the No. 1 prime-time spot, died Sunday. He was 72 .

Many of his innovations on MNF are now staples of NFL broadcasts.

"His groundbreaking work on ABC's 'Monday Night Football' helped turn that franchise into a prime-time television hit," ESPN said in a statement. "He cared deeply about the TV industry and contributed to ESPN in many meaningful ways throughout the years. Our condolences to his loved ones."

He also is credited with taking NBC from third place in prime-time ratings to first in the 1990s with a keen eye for entertainment programming that included comedies and dramas.

Ohlmeyer won 16 Emmys, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, is a member of the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

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