Wide World of Sports

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Television's longest-running sports anthology show, showcasing the `thrill of victory and the agony of defeat,' was a Saturday-afternoon staple in the 1960s, '70s and '80s. Spanning nearly 40 years of athletic achievements and oddities, this brainchild of ABC programming pioneer Roone Arledge featured a little something for everyone, from barrel jumping (more…)

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ESPN Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Wide World of Sports

Long before there was ESPN (or ESPN2 or ESPNU or Versus or Speed or any of the numerous other channels dedicated to sports) ABC's Wild World of Sports was a pioneer in coverage of niche and emerging athletic events. The venerable anthology series pre… Read more

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  • Premise: Television's longest-running sports anthology show, showcasing the `thrill of victory and the agony of defeat,' was a Saturday-afternoon staple in the 1960s, '70s and '80s. Spanning nearly 40 years of athletic achievements and oddities, this brainchild of… (more)

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