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ESPN Founder Bill Rasmussen Speaks About the Network’s Beginnings (Video)

ESPN was founded by Bill Rasmussen with the idea of providing live cable access of Connecticut area sports. Bill Rasmussen, recently fired from his job with the Hartford Whalers GM, along with his son Scott, created the world’s first 24 hour sports television network. In this series of videos from ESPN Front Row, Rasmussen speaks about those early days of ESPN.

The beginning…

We’ll take one of those things…

The Eureka day…

Absolute television suicide…

July 1st is a long way off….

Getting the NCAA on board…

Island of Misfit Toys

Fred Muzzy – Covered head to toe in mud

Character of our Company

Like a Garden Party…

58 Hours

If more videos of this conversation are released, we’ll post them here. If you want to know more about Bill Rasmussen and the founding of ESPN, check out ESPNfounder.com. You may also want to pick up a copy of the book, Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN by Andrew Miller and Tom Shales. It’s an oral history of ESPN which delves into the early days of ESPN in much greater detail.

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