Roone Arledge


Roone Arledge was an American news and sports broadcaster who was the president of ABC sports as well as ABC news. He created many programs including Monday Night Football, 20/20, Primetime, and ABC World News Tonight all of which still air today. When we watch sports on TV, we were reminded again and again last night, we are seeing Arledge’s legacy. He was the individual who made football into a three hour drama that compelled its viewers to become attached to the players and each play they may make. Arledge is also the person who pioneered technological improvements that we take for granted when we turn on the ballgame. Things like slow-motion cameras, graphics that show statistics, hand-held cameras, aerial footage and improved sound are all products of Arledge creations. Arledge was also able to bring sports programming out of its limited weekend niche and into prime time, beginning with the broadcast of the Olympic Games in 1968.


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