December 10, 2002 |
Roone Arledge was eulogized Monday by many of the broadcasters he made famous in his tenure overseeing ABC News and ABC Sports. They remembered him less for his accomplishments that transformed television than for his exuberant approach to the business and the people who surrounded him. Arledge, who brought show business to televised news and sports in four decades at ABC and created both "Monday Night Football" and "Nightline," died Thursday in New York of complications from cancer. He was 71.
June 26, 1986
Howard Cosell said Wednesday at the trial of the USFL's $1.69-billion antitrust suit against the NFL that he had been told by his former boss at ABC that NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle was unhappy with the network for giving the USFL a television contract. Cosell's testimony contradicted earlier testimony from Roone Arledge, who said Rozelle had never expressed displeasure over the network doing business with the USFL.
May 17, 1988 |
When Roone Arledge was presiding, high, wide and handsome, over ABC network sports, Jim Spence was widely perceived in the media as his hatchet man. Well, now, he's buried the hatchet. In Roone. While he's at it, he takes a swipe at a few other scalps, too, most notably Howard Cosell's. President Reagan called them "kiss-and-tell" books. They have become a phenomenon of our age. They probably originated with sports books.
October 22, 1987 |
Ted Koppel has had a variety of job offers and has talked publicly of wanting to be Secretary of State. But he probably will stay with ABC News and "Nightline," ABC News President Roone Arledge said Wednesday. Addressing a press conference, Arledge said he and Koppel have talked in general terms about what the Emmy Award-winning anchorman, whose ABC contract expires in December, wants to do in the future.
May 4, 1986 |
Roone Arledge says it was just a casual conversation, months before the 1984 Summer Olympics, when he and Peter Ueberroth talked about the job of president of ABC Sports. "He said he might be interested, but then there was no follow-up because the baseball thing came up," Arledge said. "It was not a serious, long discussion, just a passing conversation." After guiding the Los Angeles Games to widespread acclaim and financial success, Ueberroth became commissioner of baseball in 1985.
August 3, 1987 |
Channel 2 will announce today that it has hired former ABC sportscaster Jim Lampley as a replacement for departed sports anchor Jim Hill. A CBS source said Lampley has agreed to a three-year contract. Reportedly, it will pay about $700,000 per year, which was what Lampley made with ABC. Channel 2 had offered Hill $600,000 to stay, but Channel 7 reportedly offered considerably more. In a separate arrangement, Lampley will also work for CBS Sports as a play-by-play announcer.