The Elite Football League of India today announced that ESPN SportsCenter Anchor Kevin Negandhi has joined the Board of Directors of the EFLI. He will advise the league with regard to broadcasting issues and opportunities.
Elite Football League of India, CEO, Richard Whelan said, "Having a broadcaster of Kevin's caliber joining our growing ELFI team - which includes Ron Jaworski, Mike Ditka, Michael Irvin, Kurt Warner, and Brandon Chillar - further confirms our belief in the future success of the league. Kevin's commitment as a Director and knowledge as an advisor will be invaluable in guiding the EFLI as we continue to grow and gain momentum."
Kevin Negandhi is the first ESPN SportsCenter anchor of Indian descent. The award-winning sports journalist anchors multiple ESPN shows in addition to SportsCenter, including Baseball Tonight, College Basketball Final, College Football Live, ESPNews, First Take and NFL Live. His favorite sport is football. His favorite team is the Philadelphia Eagles.
"I have always dreamed of seeing American style football played in India," said Mr. Negandhi. "With the continued growth of the economy in India and the passion the country has for sports, bringing American football to this new fan base will be an energizing experience.
Weekends in the autumn were a special time in my house, as the sport of football played a positive role in connecting the gap between my parents Eastern beliefs and my Western upbringing. Football helped satisfy my parent's thirst for cricket and at the same time, it motivated me at a young age to consider a future as a broadcaster so I could cover this great game. To be able to be a part of the EFLI and inspire the next generation of kids in my parents' homeland is both exhilarating and humbling. I look forward to the future of the EFLI and the opportunities it will create for many young people to play the game and also provide high-end entertainment for a fervid audience of millions."
The Elite Football League of India's second season will kick off 'Live' in November of 2013 and conclude in February of 2014 with a total of eight teams comprised of Indian player and coaches trained by Americans.