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ABC SportsThe Rise and Fall of Network Sports Television$
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Travis Vogan

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520292956

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520292956.001.0001

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The News from Munich on the “Arledge Broadcasting Company”

The News from Munich on the “Arledge Broadcasting Company”

(p.126) Five The News from Munich on the “Arledge Broadcasting Company”
ABC Sports

Travis Vogan

University of California Press

ABC’s coverage of the 1972 Munich Olympics amplified its reputation as the Network of the Olympics and took advantage of the consistent space Monday NightFootball forged for sports in prime time. But the Munich games were overshadowed when the Palestinian terrorist group Black September took hostage and eventually killed eleven members of Israel’s Olympic team. ABC Sports’ marathon coverage of the incident became the department’s most celebrated achievement to date. This success eventually convinced ABC to entrust Arledge with its languishing news division in 1977, which he revamped by modifying the recipe he developed at ABC Sports. Chapter 5 uses Munich to explore how ABC Sports composed a template through which the network reinvented ABC News, as well as network sports television more broadly.

Keywords:   television news, ABC News, Munich Olympics, Black September massacre, terrorism, Roone Arledge

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