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Don Ohlmeyer Dies: Crafted 'Monday Night Football,' Revived NBC

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Don Ohlmeyer in mobile TV control center during a 1978 golf tournament. (AP Photo, File)

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Don Ohlmeyer, who helped revive NBC in the 1990s and was producer of ABC's "Monday Night Football" in its heyday, died on Sunday. He was 72.

Ohlmeyer died in his home in Palm Desert, California, Variety reported. NBC "Sunday Night Football" announcer and friend Al Michaels praised Ohlmeyer before the game between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys.

"He was truly special and one of a kind," Michaels said, per Variety.

He became president of NBC’s West Coast division in 1993, where he stayed until 1999, The New York Times said.

Variety said Ohlmeyer, who had a reputation of being a tough boss, helped nurture NBC's "Must-See TV" slogan and helped blossom a programming lineup that included ratings juggernauts "Seinfeld," "Friends," "Law & Order," "ER," "Frasier," "Mad About You," "Just Shoot Me," and "Will & Grace."

In a series of tweets, Bob Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, recognized Ohlmeyer for his impact on the network.

Ohlmeyer's feud with "Saturday Night Live" comedian Norm Macdonald got him removed from the show's "Weekend Update" feature in 1998, according to the Times. Macdonald claimed the removal was over his jokes about O.J. Simpson, whom Ohlmeyer was friends with.

Ohlmeyer started working full time at ABC in 1967 and rose from production assistant to associate producer, the Times said. He was in the ABC control room during the 1972 Munich Olympics when the network covered the massacre of 11 Israeli team members by Palestinian terrorists.

The next year, he was promoted to produce "Monday Night Football," where he was credited with deftly handling broadcasters Howard Cosell, Don Meredith, and Frank Gifford. He became executive producer at NBC Sports in 1977 and later purchased a 20 percent stake in ESPN.

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