ESPN in History

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Events in Film & TV

  • 1979-09-07 The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) makes its debut.
  • 1980-06-03 ESPN begins televising college world series games
  • 1989-01-05 Baseball signs $400M with ESPN, showing 175 games in 1990
  • 1997-11-12 Dick Vitale signs with ESPN through year 2004

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005-09-12 Mark Messier announces on ESPN radio that he will retire from the NHL

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1940-06-09 Dick Vitale, American sportscaster (ESPN, ABC "Oh Baby!")
  • 1943-09-19 Joe Morgan, Bonham, Texas, American MLB 2nd baseman (Reds)/commentator (ESPN)
  • 1952-05-11 Mike Lupica, American sports journalist and newspaper columnist (New York Daily News, ESPN), born in Oneida, New York
  • 1955-05-10 Chris Berman, sportscaster (ESPN)
  • 1971-11-05 Dana Jacobson, ESPN's First Take hostess

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 2012-12-17 Minnesota Vikings football quarterback Christian Ponder (25) weds ESPN reporter Samantha Steele (27) in Hudson, Wisconsin

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1996-08-13 Tom Mees, ESPN sports anchors (NHL), drowns at 46
  • 2015-01-04 Stuart Scott, American sports journalist (ESPN), dies of cancer at 49