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Sports describes Programs offering coverage of spectator games and events, and related topics.

Jim McKay on hosting the Summer Olympics on CBS, which initially were ad-libbed
Al Michaels on how he came up with "Do you believe in miracles?" when covering the 1980 Olympics
Dick Ebersol on how Muhammed Ali came to be involved with the Atlanta Olympics
Bob Costas on how he prepares for a sportscast; on how he calls a game
Don Ohlmeyer on the format of Wide World of Sports  and how it evolved
Curt Gowdy on covering 16 World Series
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Berle Adams

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Berle Adams on signing Arnold Palmer as a client and creating the show Challenge Golf
Berle Adams on selling professional wrestling to local Los Angeles television stations
Berle Adams on signing the American Football League as an MCA client

Ray Aghayan

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Ray Aghayan on designing for the 1984 Olympics

Steve Allen

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Steve Allen on announcing wrestling for ABC television

Bob Banner

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Bob Banner on directing televised boxing matches in Chicago early in his career

Ted Bergmann

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Ted Bergmann on the importance of sports to DuMont

Frank Biondo

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Frank Biondo on being a Chapman camera operator for hockey games at the old Madison Square Garden

George Bodenheimer

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George Bodenheimer on ESPN's business model
George Bodenheimer on the culture of ESPN
George Bodenheimer on Chet Simmons' televising the NFL draft on ESPN
George Bodenheimer on televising the NCAA Basketball Tournament
George Bodenheimer on ESPN televising the America's Cup sailing event for the first time in 1987
George Bodenheimer on the reasoning behind launching ESPN2
George Bodenheimer on the launch of the ESPY Awards
George Bodenheimer on Monday Night Football and its legacy for ESPN since moving there from ABC
George Bodenheimer on ESPN's flagship program, SportsCenter

Garrett Brown

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Garrett Brown on inventing the Skycam, often used for sporting events

Frances Buss Buch

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Frances Buss Buch on directing sports events on early television (boxing, baseball)

Ken Burns

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Ken Burns on his documentary series Baseball, and his career-long exploration of race in America

Robert Caminiti

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Robert Caminiti on working on Wimbledon for NBC Sports

Bill Conti

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Bill Conti on composing for sports programs and the New York City Marathon

Bob Costas

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Bob Costas on how he prepares for a sportscast; on how he calls a game
Bob Costas on the first time he served as prime-time host of the Olympics - 1992 in Barcelona; on how he approaches hosting
Bob Costas on covering the Olympics and why it's so captivating, and on the tone of the Games and the Centennial Park bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics
Bob Costas on the 2000 Sydney Olympics
Bob Costas on the 2004 Athens Olympics
Bob Costas on the response he gets to his Olympic coverage and on the dynamics of international sports
Bob Costas on hosting On the Record with Bob Costas

Robert Dickinson

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Robert Dickinson on working with producer/director Don Mischer on the Salt Lake City and Atlanta Olympics

Louis Dorfsman

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Louis Dorfsman on dealing with the higher ups at CBS including Frank Stanton, William S. Paley, and James T. Aubrey and creating a book about football on CBS

Bob Doyle

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Bob Doyle on directing some of ABC's earliest programming, including sporting events
Bob Doyle on directing NFL Football games and the Metropolitan Opera
Bob Doyle on becoming ABC's director of all remote events, including sports events

Dick Ebersol

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Dick Ebersol on Roone Arledge assembling his broadcast team at ABC Sports
Dick Ebersol on the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France
Dick Ebersol on the 1972 Munich Olympics
Dick Ebersol on how Muhammed Ali came to be involved with the Atlanta Olympics
Dick Ebersol on making clear to his employees at NBC that sports was still a passion
Dick Ebersol on the Beijing Olympics  

Dick Enberg

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Dick Enberg on his radio work in Los Angeles and working as a sports announcer at KTTV and KTLA and the first time he broadcast on television
Dick Enberg on calling boxing matches early in his career for KTLA
Dick Enberg on calling horse races early in his career
Dick Enberg on doing play-by-play for the Los Angeles Rams
Dick Enberg on doing play-by-play for UCLA football
Dick Enberg on what he is imparting to the listener when announcing play-by-play for baseball
Dick Enberg on calling a game by himself as opposed to working with others in the announcing booth
Dick Enberg on his broadcasting partner of several years, Don Drysdale 
Dick Enberg on joining NBC Sports in 1975 due to his calling of syndicated basketball games
Dick Enberg on the state of NBC Sports when he joined as opposed to the other networks
Dick Enberg on his partners in announcing NCAA basketball for NBC
Dick Enberg on announcing football games with Merlin Olsen on NBC
Dick Enberg on calling tennis matches, including Wimbledon, for NBC
Dick Enberg on calling the Olympics
Dick Enberg on calling the 1982 World Series  and his disappointment over not being NBC's lead announcer for the 1983 World Series
Dick Enberg on calling games for the San Diego Padres 
Dick Enberg on the challenges of calling golf matches
Dick Enberg on announcing for the 1988 Olympics  in Seoul, South Korea and various other Olympics
Dick Enberg on covering tennis for ESPN in 2004

Ray Forrest

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Ray Forrest on working on an early TV broadcast of a baseball game; on horse races and hockey games
Ray Forrest on NBC newscaster Paul Alley wanting to do color commentary for a boxing game
Ray Forrest on the difficulties of parking the remote TV trucks when out on assignments
Ray Forrest on introducing a Joe Louis fight on The Gillette Cavalcade of Sports

Dennis Franz

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Dennis Franz on working on Bay City Blues

Michael Fuchs

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Michael Fuchs on HBO Sports programming and HBO post-his departure

Frank Gifford

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Frank Gifford on his role on Monday Night Football and his rapport with his co-stars
Frank Gifford on securing an exclusive pre-game interview for CBS with Vince Lombardi before the first Super Bowl in 1967
Frank Gifford on being part of the CBS broadcast team for the first Super Bowl in 1967
Frank Gifford on how human interest sports reporting affected broadcasting for Monday Night Football
Frank Gifford on the changes made to the Monday Night Football broadcast team; on memorable moments and his departure from the show
Frank Gifford on working on Wide World of Sports and memories of the terrorist attack in Munich at the 1972 Olympics

Leonard H. Goldenson

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Leonard H. Goldenson on the success of Monday Night Football

Curt Gowdy

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Curt Gowdy on Yankee player Joe DiMaggio when he first started announcing for the Yankees
Curt Gowdy on his big break as announcer for the New York Yankees
Curt Gowdy on Ted Willams last game
Curt Gowdy on Joe DiMaggio's comeback at the '49 World Series
Curt Gowdy on the 1964 and 1968 Olympic games and the importance of satellite feeds
Sportscaster Curt Gowdy on the first Super Bowl, broadcast by both NBC and CBS
Sportscaster Curt Gowdy on the some of the Super Bowl games he covered
Curt Gowdy on covering 16 World Series
Curt Gowdy on having one of the most recognizable voices in all of broadcasting
Curt Gowdy on the evolution of sports broadcasting

Herb Granath

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Herb Granath on ABC being the network of the Olympics
Herb Granath on the "all marketing program" he started with Monday Night Football and the success of the program
Herb Granath on his recollections of ABC's Wide World of Sports
Herb Granath on working on Monday Night Football and creating a special sales unit focused on selling sports programming
Herb Granath on the birth of ESPN
Herb Granath on the growth of ESPN and the launch of ESPN 2

Hal Gurnee

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Hal Gurnee on early sports broadcasts on television

Dwight Hemion

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Dwight Hemion on his first jobs, assistant directing and directing sports telecasts for ABC
Dwight Hemion on directing early live boxing telecasts and on how he came to direct The Steve Allen Show and Tonight

Danette Herman

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Danette Herman on talent coordinating for three Olympics

Lee Holdridge

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Lee Holdridge on scoring films about the Olympics

Stanley Hubbard

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Stanley Hubbard on KSTP's ratings in the '50s and wrestling on the station

Kay Koplovitz

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Kay Koplovitz on how HBO's Thrilla from Manila changed television history 

Gene LeBell

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Gene LeBell on early televised wrestling and boxing matches

Stewart MacGregory

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Stewart MacGregory on being unit manager for the 1966 World Series

Jim McKay

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Jim McKay on hosting the Summer Olympics on CBS, which initially were ad-libbed
Jim McKay on the philosophy behind ABC's Wide World of Sports "if you can get them interested in individuals, you can get them interested in the sport"
Jim McKay on the first time TV was used to decide an event: the 1968 Olympics
Jim McKay on the transformative role of television in sports history and coverage
Jim McKay on what has changed most in television and sports tv, and among the athletes themselves

Al Michaels

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Al Michaels on how he came up with "Do you believe in miracles?" when covering the 1980 Olympics
Al Michaels on how the audience reacted to his taking over Frank Gifford's role on Monday Night Football

Sig Mickelson

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Sig Mickelson on his role in the development of sports programming in the early years of CBS television

Walter C. Miller

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Walter C. Miller on doing some sports directing for NBC

Don Mischer

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Don Mischer on the Super Bowl halftime show featuring Michael Jackson, and how he was asked to produce it
Don Mischer on Super Bowl 49 - how Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" led him back to the halftime show
Don Mischer on producing the 1996 Atlanta Olympics

Thomas W. Moore

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Thomas W. Moore on ABC's early sports programming
Thomas W. Moore on Edgar J. Scherick and Roone Arledge's role in bringing sports to ABC
Thomas W. Moore on various sports shows he programmed at ABC
Thomas W. Moore on ABC brining various sports like golf to television

E. Roger Muir

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E. Roger Muir on directing a Brooklyn Dodgers baseball game

Nicolas Noxon

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Nicolas Noxon on the syndicated series, Sports Illustrated

Don Ohlmeyer

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Don Ohlmeyer on becoming an associate director on The 1968 Olympics
Don Ohlmeyer on the format of Wide World of Sports  and how it evolved
Don Ohlmeyer on Monday Night Football  
Don Ohlmeyer on Jim McKay's amazing job covering the 1972 Munich Olympics
Don Ohlmeyer on going back to Monday Night Football

Don Pardo

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Don Pardo on announcing a baseball game in 1946 on television

Don Pike

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Don Pike on acting as technical director for various Super Bowl telecasts 

Carroll Pratt

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Carroll Pratt on providing sports sound effects

Ward Quaal

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Ward Quaal on early sports programming at WGN

Ed Resnick

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Ed Resnick on shooting the Rose Bowl for KTLA

Hank Rieger

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Hank Rieger on "the Heidi incident" -- when NBC aired the beginning of Heidi instead of the end of a football game
Hank Rieger on doing publicity for the 1984 Olympics and challenges he faced covering the Olympics

Howard Rosenberg

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Howard Rosenberg on television sports

Edgar J. Scherick

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Edgar Scherick on the creation of ABC's Wide World of Sports
Edgar Scherick on putting together Baseball Game of the Week and packaging other sports shows while at Dancer Fitzgerald Sample
Edgar Scherick on his role as Director of Sports and Special Events at Dancer Fitzgerald Sample and making a deal with ABC President Bob Kintner
Edgar Scherick on working for CBS as Sports Specialist of the television network and CBS' entry into televising football games; on football being a bigger production for television than baseball
Edgar Scherick on how he got the television rights to NCAA games
Edgar Scherick on ratings for early televised sports

Herbert S. Schlosser

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Herbert S. Schlosser on NBC's negotiations to broadcast the Olympics in 1964

Chet Simmons

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Chet Simmons on his first job in television working on closed circuit boxing matches, and on joining Sports Programs, Inc.
Chet Simmons on Sports Programs, Inc. becoming ABC Sports
Chet Simmons on the Sports Programs, Inc. affiliation with ABC Sports, and on the state of network sports programming in the early '60s
Chet Simmons on how equipped arenas and stadiums were in the '60s and '70s for television
Chet Simmons on becoming director of programming for NBC Sports
Chet Simmons on the creation and format of ABC's Wide World of Sports
Chet Simmons on how NBC Sports compared to ABC Sports at the time circa 1964, and on losing the rights to NCAA Basketball
Chet Simmons on the sporting events NBC covered during his tenure, the profitability of NBC Sports, and on being named president of the division in 1979
Chet Simmons on sporting events ESPN covered that weren't previously done, and various other events ESPN covered
Chet Simmons on his most memorable moments at ESPN
Chet Simmons on ESPN's role in the creation of the sports megastar, and on the legacy of ESPN
Chet Simmons on how sports have changed over the years, and on the then-future of sports broadcasting

Garry Simpson

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Garry Simpson on covering the Joe Louis- Billy Conn fight in NY and Rocky Graziano's fights
Garry Simpson on covering Jackie Robinson's first televised game
Garry Simpson on how he called the shots for sports

Ira Skutch

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Ira Skutch briefly on the camera placement for the boxing series The Gillette Cavalcade of Sports

Herbert F. Solow

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Herbert F. Solow on selling the World Series to Japan

Ted Turner

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Ted Turner on acquiring the Atlanta Braves games for WTCG and trying to get people to buy a UHF antenna
Ted Turner on buying the Atlanta Braves

Tony Verna

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Tony Verna on covering The 1960 Rome Olympics
Tony Verna on creating the instant replay for the Army/Navy football game in December of 1963
Tony Verna on inventing the instant replay and some of its early uses
Tony Verna on directing the "Ice Bowl"; on dealing with live television disasters and censorship issues; on directing various Super Bowl broadcasts and the advent of color television
Tony Verna on directing Super Bowl XII in 1978; on working with the NFL; on directing various other sports events for television
Tony Verna on directing the 1984 Summer Olympics and athletes promoting sponsorship
Tony Verna on directing winter sports for television and dealing with injuries on television
Tony Verna on directing television coverage of boxing

James Wall

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James Wall on stage-managing many years of the U.S. Tennis Open 

David L. Wolper

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David L. Wolper on producing the 1984 summer Olympics opening ceremonies

Jeff Zucker

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Jeff Zucker on working as a Researcher for ABC during the 1984 Olympics
Jeff Zucker on working as a Researcher for NBC during the 1988 Olympics
Jeff Zucker on the XFL