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How Howard Cosell and Monday Night Football Broke the News of John Lennon’s Death

Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of John Lennon’s death, ESPN’s Outside the Lines did a behind the scenes story of how Howard Cosell broke the tragic news on Monday Night Football.

The story, by ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi, documents the sequence of events that led up to the announcement. The audio and video footage is pretty amazing. The news is relayed to the Monday Night Football booth just minutes before New England Patriots kicker John Smith is about to attempt a game winning field goal. You even hear an audio clip of Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford discuss whether they should break the news and how to go about it.

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