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

Sports Video Group Names Turner Sports’ Tom Sahara as Chairman

April 30th, 2013

The Sports Video Group (SVG) has announced that Tom Sahara, Vice President of Operations & Technology at Turner Sports, has been appointed the association’s new Chairman by outgoing Chairman Steve Hellmuth, EVP, Operations and Technology, NBA Entertainment. “Tom has made significant contributions to SVG during the past seven years, most notably his work on the […]

SVG Year in Review: December

December 28th, 2012

By Brandon Costa, Senior Editor December offers a chance to reflect back on another year gone by. Each year, the sports production community does just that in the New York Hilton at SVG’s League Technology Summit. LTS 2012 was highlighted by a keynote conversation between ESPN executive chairman George Bodenheimer and former Fox Sports Media Group […]

SPSG, SVG Put Safety First for Industry Professionals

December 5th, 2012

By: Ken Kerschbaumer, Editorial Director The Sports Production Safety Group (SPSG) celebrated a banner year in 2012. More than 5,000 industry professionals have now signed on for online training courses designed to create a safer sports-production working environment for everyone at a remote. And more professionals are joining every day as leading national sports networks […]

SVG Health Watch: CBS Sports Offers More Health Screenings at Final Four

April 3rd, 2011

By Carolyn Braff, Editor Last week, as a legion of 350 staff members, freelancers, and vendors made their way to Houston to begin setting up CBS Sports production of the Final Four, the network offered a free chance for those workers to assess their health. CBS Sports sponsored its fourth health screening during a set […]