Rooney Pickney Arledge

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This quote was said by television broadcasting executive Roone Pickney Arledge, a person whom Life Magazine declared “One of the 100 most important Americans of the 20th Century” and is considered by many to be the father of modern televised sports (Boss). This quote by Arledge is an example of his talent and know-how for developing new ideas that not only provide a quality viewing experience, but also appeal to a mass audience. His ideas were revolutionary, and changed the way sports were watched and the entire television industry forever. I initially chose to write my paper on Roone Arledge because I have been an avid watcher of televised sports for a long time, but I had never heard of Arledge until reading the article “The Impact of Roone Arledge on Televised Sports” by Randy Roberts and James Olsen in our required reading. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article because I had previously never contemplated how differently sports were televised in the past, why sports broadcasting is the way it is today, and who was largely responsible for this dramatic change. Roone Arledge was born in Queens, New York City on July 8th, 1931 and grew up in the suburbs of Long Island where he excelled in both academics and sports. This led him to eventually enroll at the prestigious Colombia University, where he had aspirations of becoming a professional writer while working as editor for the student newspaper (Marc). His interest in journalism and television production prompted him

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