ABOUT US

The Sports Production Safety Group (SPSG), provides safety training designed to make it easier for sports networks to comply with state and federal safety regulations while making our productions a safer place to work.

The health and safety training modules provide crews for all networks and leagues with a single set of best practices and recommendations that make it easier for everyone to understand expectations and stay safe on the job.

Our Mission

To collaborate within the sports broadcasting industry to accomplish the following Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) goals:

  1. Develop, implement and maintain consensus standards specific to the industry.
  2. Develop comprehensive EHS programs to ensure that production and operations personnel within the industry receive relevant job specific guidance.
  3. Provide consistent design, construction and maintenance guidance to sports venue owners, operators and design entities.
  4. Provide an online health and safety training and credentialing program.

Meet the Board

RODNEY NORTH

CHAIRMAN
Vice President, EHS CBS Sports

RONALD PARTILLA

VICE CHAIRMAN
Executive Director, EHS Fox Networks Group

GERARD ARROTTI

TREASURER
Senior Director, Safety & Health ESPN

JASON KING

SECRETARY
Director, Corporate EHS NBC Sports Group

DAVID MCELWAIN

Director,
Occupational Health & Safety
CBS Corporation

JOE MANNETTA

Director,
Disney Risk Management & Business Continuity
The Walt Disney Company

ROBERT BEE

Director,
Safety & Health
ESPN

MARTIN LALICK

Senior Safety Manager
ESPN

JOHN MOORE

Vice President,
EHS
Fox Networks Group
Peter Rintelman

PETER RINTELMAN

Senior Tech Manager,
Turner Sports

TOM SAHARA

Vice President,
Operations & Technology
Turner Sports

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STANDARDS

SPSG develops and publishes consensus standards intended to prevent death, injury, property and economic loss for the sports broadcasting industry.

TRAINING

SPSG training and credentialing program consists of an introductory Orientation Course, which covers such topics as injury and illness prevention, personal protection equipment, lifting safety, and hazard communication.

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VENUE PORTAL

The SPSG Venue Portal houses over 1,500 stadiums, arenas, fieldhouses, golf courses, etc., representing all facets of the sports industry from the NFL and MLB to the NHL and PGA. Included with each venue are key personnel, first responders and rally points should the site be evacuated or an emergency arise. Venues, both domestic and abroad, are added as our productions expand and grow.

Use the search button to find the venue, team or sport for which you need details.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

SPSG has partnered with Weather Decision Technologies to provide forecasting and monitoring services for all sports productions. Everything begins with quality, actionable weather information. The WDT WeatherOps system is built to provide production management with the tools it needs to act well before a weather event occurs, as well as real-time support during a severe weather crisis.

SPSG is introducing LiveSafe, a mobile safety communications platform. The LiveSafe system is a powerful tool that connects personnel to their remote production community. Timely safety and security information may be shared en masse. Emergencies may be reported quickly with the option to attach pictures or videos; users can initiate a peer-to-peer virtual escort or live chat with security or hospital personnel; and geo fences may be established to depict safety locations and nearby incidents.

TOOLS

FORMS & CHECKLISTS

Forms, checklists and other documents help foster a safe workplace and maintain EHS compliance.

QUICK CARDS

Pocket Safety Cards for Tool Box Talks & More! – Available in English & Spanish.

Other resources you might find useful.

NEWS

SVG Initiatives Flourish, Extend Reach

March 1st, 2014

By Tom Sahara Spring is the season where we seed and tend our laws and gardens, looking forward to the rewards of lush grass, brilliant flowers, and tasty vegetables and fruits produced by our efforts.  The SVG has been busy cultivating the programs and initiatives that were born from ideas brought forth at events like […]

8,000 Production Pros Benefit from Sports Production Safety Group Programs

February 14th, 2014

With the cameraman’s attention focused on getting the perfect shot of a Hail Mary pass, one step too far can lead to a serious injury.  Not only is the safety of the production crew at stake, but network, league and venue executives must worry about potential broadcast disruptions, insurance liability, lawsuits, and more. Sports production […]

SVG Advisory Board Chairman Tom Sahara: A Year of Robust Growth

November 19th, 2013

By Tom Sahara, Chairman of the Advisory Board, Sports Video Group As my first year as SVG Advisory Board Chairman draws to a close, the challenges that we face every day in our lives and jobs continue to grow in impact and urgency. We have witnessed the government budget woes, where placing one’s party and personal […]

SVG Chairman Tom Sahara on the State of SVG

May 16th, 2013

By Ken Kerschbaumer, Editorial Director SVG Chairman Tom Sahara officially began his chairmanship yesterday at the Future Sport Summit in New York City. The Future Sport event held yesterday in New York City was highlighted by many lively discussions but it was the official passing of the torch from former SVG Chairman Steve Hellmuth to […]