Named Executive Producer, NBC Sports and NBCSN on February 2, 2011, Flood oversees all aspects of sports production for both networks. Flood was named the seventh executive producer in NBC Sports history in June 2010 after being the Coordinating Producer, NBC Sports since July 2005. In his role, Flood reports directly to Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group.
Flood is the producer for the critically acclaimed and most-watched NFL studio show Football Night In America. A former college hockey captain, Flood is regarded as one of the most influential figures in the sport of hockey in the U.S. and is credited for creating the “Inside the Glass” analyst position. As executive producer, he also oversees production for NBC Sports and NBCSN’s coverage of Horse Racing, IndyCar, Formula One, Tour de France, French Open, Premier League and MLS, among others.
Sam Flood served as the daytime producer at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, his 11th Olympics assignment with NBC. Flood was NBC’s daytime producer at the London Olympic Games in 2012. One of the many Olympic researchers who moved on to successful roles in the world of sports and entertainment, Flood joined NBC Sports in 1986 as an Olympic researcher for the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea. He produced Olympic track and field during the 1996 Atlanta Games, 2000 Sydney Games, 2004 Athens Games and 2008 Beijing Games and produced the daytime studio show at the 2010 Vancouver Games.
An 18-time Emmy Award winner, and three-time Eclipse Award winner, Flood produced the Olympic Closing Ceremony from Salt Lake in 2002, and the Torino Closing Ceremony in February 2006, both just days after producing the network’s coverage of the Daytona 500. Flood won an Emmy in 1999 for live event turnaround for the 1999 World Track and Field Championship in Seville, Spain.
In 1993, Flood began producing the NBC Sports Prudential Update and Notre Dame Saturday, NBC’s college football studio show. He also produced the Wimbledon studio show from 1995 through 1999, and the World Series studio shows in 1995, 1996 and 1998. Along with these duties, Flood has been a feature producer for NFL Live, the NFL on NBC studio show, and NBA Showtime studio shows in 2000 and 2001.
Flood previously served as a feature producer, working on such telecasts as the Emmy Award-winning 1992 Breeders’ Cup. Flood was also an associate producer for the network’s Emmy Award-winning late-night coverage of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. From the spring of 1990 to the summer of 1992, Sam was a production associate with NBC Sports. He won an Emmy for writing during NBC Sports’ coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympic Games.
Before becoming a researcher for the 1988 Summer Olympics for NBC Sports, Flood was a writer for Turner Sports during the network’s coverage of the 1986 Goodwill Games in Moscow, Russia, and an associate producer for CNN Sports Tonight concurrently. In 1988, Flood also helped create and produce CNBC’s Sports Business, which aired through 1990.
Flood graduated from Williams College in 1983, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history. A native of Dedham, Mass., he and his wife, Jane, reside in Ridgewood, N.J., with their two children, Eliza and Sam, Jr.