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Roone Arledge

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Birthday: Jul 8, 1931

Birthplace: Forest Hills, New York, USA

The Queens-born son of a lawyer, Roone Arledge began his broadcasting career after completing his studies in international affairs at Columbia University. Joining the Dumont network in 1952, he served an apprentice period before moving to NBC in 1954 where he worked as a producer on news and special events broadcasts. When he joined ABC in 1960, Arledge came into his own, urging his bosses to add a layer of showbiz to the network's sports programming . Within a year, he had launched the anthology series "ABC's Wide World of Sports," which went on to earn numerous Emmy Awards and changed the face of TV sports broadcasting (Arledge also and coined its tag line - "the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat") . Soon after, he also introduced another omnibus series "The American Sportsman." By 1964, Arledge had been promoted to vice president of ABC Sports. After successfully negotiating with the NFL for broadcast rights, he introduced "Monday Night Football" which has become a mainstay for the network. The executive also was instrumental in obtaining the broadcast rights to the Olympic games. Following these coups, he was promoted to president of ABC Sports in 1968. Arledge supervised coverage of 10 Olympic Games from 1964 to 1988, including the memorable 1972 games in Munich disrupted by a terrorist attack. He expanded Olympics broadcasts beyond the competition by including personal profiles of athletes. Arledge also was the first to demand that networks, not sports leagues, approve announcers, a philosophy that led to his hire of Howard Cosell, the abrasive New Yorker who became the most famous sportscaster of his day.

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No Score Yet 100% The Odd Couple Roone Arledge (Guest Star) 1975