Senior Coordinating Producer
Bill Graff, who first joined ESPN in 1990, is a senior coordinating producer in ESPN’s College Sports production department. Graff currently oversees the production of all pre-games, halftimes and post-games for ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS live College Sports productions. Graff also oversees the Content Integration Department which handles the execution of programming’s conditions and guidelines for all domestic and international networks.
Along the way, Graff has a played a key role in numerous major international events. He served as the ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC Sports coordinating producer for World Cup ’98 in France, the successful 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup in the U.S. and the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan. He also oversaw the production for the 2003 Women’s World Cup which was moved from China to the U.S. FIFA used ESPN’s production as the World Feed for this event. In 2010, Graff returned to the World Cup production team to oversee the studio coverage of the games in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was awarded a Sports Emmy Award for this production.
In addition to these duties, Graff oversaw the production of the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto in 2017. He also was in charge of the domestic presentation of the 2015 Pan Am Games from Toronto.
From April 2004 to September 2006, Graff worked at NFL Films as executive in charge of studio and remote production. He then returned to ESPN.
Graff originally joined ESPN in 1990 as a highlights supervisor for SportsCenter and other news and information programming. From 1991 to 1993, Graff served as a studio producer for SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, and studio wraps for college basketball and the National Hockey League. In 1993, he won a Sports Emmy for his work on ESPN’s coverage of the Stanley Cup. He later headed up the production of ESPN and ESPN2’s daytime programming that included Mike and Mike in the Morning, First Take, Outside the Lines, Scott Van Pelt Radio on TV, Jim Rome is Burning, Around the Horn, Pardon the Interruption and The Sports Reporters.
Before ESPN, Graff was employed at Madison Square Garden Network as an associate director (1989 – 1990), at SportsChannel America as producer of Sports Nightly (1987-90), and at WUSA-TV in Washington D.C., as producer of its nightly sports news (1984-87).
Graff received a bachelor of science degree in journalism from the University of Maryland in 1984.