Meet the Sports Broadcasting Legend Who Calls the Shots at CBS Sports
Director Bob Fishman (COM’69) provides a behind-the-scenes look at a Patriots game
By 9 am on a steamy Florida morning in September, tour buses have already begun unloading football fans outside Hard Rock Stadium. Nearby tailgaters begin setting up grills, coolers, and beach chairs. Kickoff for the Miami Dolphins–New England Patriots matchup is four hours away, but the football world is already focused on this game. Fans, gamblers, fantasy football managers, Patriots lovers, and Patriots haters all want to see if Antonio Brown—signed by the Patriots on the preceding Monday and accused of rape the next day—will play.
It’s week two of the 2019 NFL season and seated in the second of four tractor trailers that make up his team’s mobile production studio, Bob Fishman (COM’69), the director of CBS Sports broadcast of the game, talks into his headset. “You’re excused from the camera meeting,” he tells one of his camera operators, giving him an early assignment: wait for the Patriots bus to arrive and get a shot of Brown stepping off. The CBS crew working the game consists of more than 40 people, but it’s Fishman who will call the shots that make up the live broadcast.