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First Sportscenter Broadcast

Posted by: | October 22, 2012 | No Comment |

Sport is something that kept people active and in shape since the beginning of time.

Rules, books, and magazines helped get people interested and start leagues.  When television started it only helped sports rise to the top.  The start of SportsCenter in 1979 skyrocketed the popularity of sport.


On September 7, 1979 30,000 viewers tuned in to see Lee Leonard and George Grande trying to create a comprehensive stop for sports fans trying to find the latest updates and news.  They succeed and now, in 2012, SportsCenter is where most Americans get their sports news.

“If you love sports…if you really love sports, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to sports heaven,” said Leonard as he spoke the first words on camera.

The broadcast that night only lasted 30 minutes long.  After the show the station aired a number of sports including a slow-pitch softball game, soccer, and wrestling.  During the broadcast they mainly showed highlight reels of sports games. They wanted to get their audience as much information about the sports going on as possible.  They wanted to create a news outlet for sports fan everywhere.

They succeed.


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