A legendary figure in sports broadcasting, who redefined how the Olympics are covered while overseeing broadcasts of 10 Olympic Games, has died, Sports Video Group reports.
Marvin Bader, an ABC Sports fixture for decades and a member of the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, died Jan. 2 in Escondido, Calif. He was 85.
Bader’s long career included working on the Olympics from 1968-1992. The story reports: “As VP of Olympic Operations for ABC during the network’s heyday of Olympic broadcasts, Bader oversaw production operations, created the modern accreditation system, and was the behind-the-scenes force responsible for ABC’s stunningly successful Olympic coverage for decades.”
Walt Disney Co. President and CEO Bob Iger, who often workded with Bader, said: “Marvin Bader was a truly unique, unforgettable person. He could be crusty and sometimes irascible, but he was a kind, warm, big-hearted man who loved what he did and the people whom he worked with. He will be missed by all; there will never be another Marvin.”
Ken Aagaard, EVP, operations and production services, CBS Sports, and chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee, talked about Bader’s impact, saying: “He was the key guy that really started to build big events in the sports business, as it related to all the logistics in production management. If [ABC Sports head of broadcast operations and engineering] Julie Barnathan was the right hand, Marvin Bader was the left hand of that whole Olympic triumph.”