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ABC Sports: The Rise and Fall of Network Sports Television

Travis Vogan


The American Broadcasting Company division ABC Sports is behind some of network sports television’s most significant practices, personalities, and moments. It created the weekend anthology Wide World of Sports, transformed professional football into a prime-time spectacle with Monday Night Football, and fashioned the Olympics into a mega media event. ABC Sports helped to turn Muhammad Ali, the sportscaster Howard Cosell, and the daredevil Evel Knievel into stars and captured now-iconic instances that include Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s raised fist protest at the 1968 Olympics, the terrorist ... More

Keywords: television, sports, sports media, media history, sport history, media industries, cultural history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520292956
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520292956.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Travis Vogan, author
University of Iowa