Bill Graff, who first joined ESPN in 1990, is a senior coordinating producer in ESPN’s studio production department. Graff currently oversees the production of ESPN and ESPN2’s daytime programming that includes, Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN2, 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. Graff also oversees the Content Integration Department and the studio wraps department that is responsible for the production of all pre-games, half-times and post-games of live events on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC.
In January 2010, Graff steps away from those duties to devote his full-time efforts to overseeing the studio shows surrounding ESPN’s extensive coverage of the World Cup from South Africa.
Graff 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.
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 an Emmy for his work on ESPN’s coverage of the Stanley Cup.
Graff was previously employed at Madison Square Garden Network as an associate director (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 also worked for NFL Films from 2004 – 2006.
Graff received a bachelor of science degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.