The National Football League announced earlier this month that Peter Griffiths has been named Chief Operating
Officer of NFL International.

Griffiths will be responsible for NFL offices in China and Mexico, and will also oversee the analysis of growth opportunities in new territories such as Brazil and Germany. He will report to Mark Waller, Executive Vice President of NFL International.

Additionally, Griffiths will oversee the league’s international sponsorship and licensing businesses.
Prior to joining the NFL, the 53-year old Griffiths held several senior positions at IMG. During a 26-year career there, he most recently ran IMG’s Indian Premier League cricket business, where he was based in London and Mumbai.
“Peter is an experienced sports industry executive with a strong track record of success in the development of sports properties around the world,” Waller told USA Today. “His proven leadership skills will enable the NFL to continue to grow internationally.”

Born in Zimbabwe, Griffiths graduated from Cambridge University in England with a degree in economics and received his MBA from INSEAD in France.

In other NFL news… 

The National Football League announced this week that twenty-four current and former NFL players, including Antonio Cromartie (New YorkJets), Ike Taylor (retired) and Adalius Thomas (retired) will take part in the ninth annual NFL Boot Camp: Broadcasting at NFL Films in Mount Laurel, New Jersey from June 1-4.

The four-day program, directed by the NFL Player Engagement and NFL Broadcasting departments, covers a wide range of topics with instructors from CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, NFL Network, Big Ten Network, SiriusXM and WestwoodOne Radio. Sessions include hands-on work in areas such as tape study, editing, show preparation, radio production, studio preparation, production meetings, field reporting and game preparation. Each player will tape segments as a game analyst and as a field reporter and serve as a live guest host on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

In addition, participants will have the opportunity to earn a guest hosting spot with one of the league’s United Kingdom broadcasting partners during the 2015 season. Last season former NFL players Je’Rod Cherry and Evan Moore were selected to serve as studio analysts for an NFL regular-season Sunday on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom.

Five veteran Broadcast Boot Campers – GregCamarillo (2010), Mario Haggan (2007), Tyoka Jackson (2014), Max Starks (2008) and George Wrightster (2014) – will participate in the “Advanced Broadcasting” program featuring one-on-one coaching and feedback from faculty members as players further develop their skills in play-by-play analysis, radio broadcasting, field reporting and other techniques.

“You can turn on your television at home and see how beneficial Boot Camp: Broadcasting has been for the players who have participated in the past,” said NFL Vice President of Player Engagement Charles Way. “Broadcasting is a competitive field to break into and we’re thrilled that this program has assisted so many players with achieving their career goals.”
Of the 188 players who took part in NFL Boot Camp: Broadcasting from 2007-2014, more than one-third have earned broadcasting jobs as a result of their participation in the program.

Participants are selected through an application process based on NFL playing experience, essays and demonstrated interest in media.

Following are the current and former NFL players participating in this year’s program:

NAME – TEAM
Mike Adams – Indianapolis
Eric Bakhtiari – Former Player (Tennessee and San Francisco)
Aaron Beasley – Former Player (Jacksonville, New York Jets and Atlanta)
Ronnie Brown – Free Agent
Greg Camarillo – Former Player (San Diego, Miami, Minnesota and New Orleans)*
Willie Colon – New York Jets
Antonio Cromartie – New York Jets
Leger Douzable – New York Jets
Braylon Edwards – Former Player (Cleveland, New York Jets, San Francisco and Seattle)
Jimmy Farris – Former Player  (Atlanta and Washington)
Jabari Greer – Former Player (Buffalo and New Orleans)
Mario Haggan – Former Player (Buffalo, Tennessee and St. Louis)*
Ben Hartsock – Former Player (Indianapolis, Tennessee, Atlanta, New York Jets and Carolina)
Tyoka Jackson – Former Player (Detroit, Miami, Tampa Bay and St. Louis)*
John Kuhn – Green Bay
Brian Robiskie – Former Player (Cleveland, Jacksonville, Detroit and Atlanta)
Max Starks – Former Player (Pittsburgh and St. Louis)*
Ben Tate – Free Agent
Ike Taylor – Former Player (Pittsburgh)
Adalius Thomas – Former Player (Baltimore and New England)
James Williams – Former Player (Seattle and Detroit)
Tank Williams – Former Player (Tennessee and Minnesota)
Cameron Worrell – Former Player (Chicago and Miami)
George Wrighster – Former Player (Jacksonville)*

* advanced participants

The following are the NFL broadcasting talent and production staff who will lend their expertise to the program:

NAME – ORGANIZATION
Glenn Adamo – NFL Network
Kenny Albert – FOX
Brian Baldinger – NFL Network
James Brown – CBS
Sean Butler – SiriusXM
Quentin Carter – Big 10 Network
Steve Cohen – SiriusXM
Greg Cosell – NFL Films
Howard Deneoff – Westwood One
Annie Hoffman Goodrich – Sportscast Stars Training
Bob Goodrich – Sportscast Stars Training
Fred Gaudelli – NBC
Roy Hamilton – FOX
Ron Jaworski – ESPN
Seth Markman – ESPN
Gerry Matalon – ESPN
Curt Menefee – FOX
Jason Romano – ESPN Digital
Chip Swain – NFL Films
Jacob Ullman – FOX
Victor Frank – CBS
Marc Watts – NFL Network
Solomon Wilcots – CBS

About NFL Player Engagement: NFL Player Engagement assists players in reaching their highest potential on and off-the-field with guidance, support and resources provided before, during and after their NFL experiences. NFL Player Engagement works with three core audiences: Prep, Life and Next. NFL Life (current players) and NFL Next (former players) reach more than 2,000 NFL players and spouses each year through a variety of programs and services focused on career development, financial and continuing education, as well as personal, psychological and physical wellness. NFL Prep provides high-school and college student-athletes of all sports with tools to help them succeed in life, focused on awareness, prevention and education. More information can be found at http://www.nflplayerengagement.com

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