Artifact: The "Quiet Founder" Of ESPN's $10 Million Stock Certificate

Long before ESPN was nestled against Disney's ample corporate bosom, Getty Oil owned 85 percent of the barely sentient TV network. The other 15 percent was owned by the group of entrepreneurs and speculators who got ESPN off the ground. This certificate for 100 shares belonged to one of them, Don Rasmussen. » 5/07/14 11:00am 5/07/14 11:00am

This Is The First Document In ESPN History

ESPN's earliest days—as documented by Bill Rasmussen's Sports Junkies Rejoice; Michael Freeman's ESPN: An Uncensored History, and James Miller and Tom Shales's Those Guys Have all the Fun—are usually viewed as part of a generally accepted narrative. It goes something like this: The charismatic and recently fired New… » 11/06/13 12:02pm 11/06/13 12:02pm

How To Watch Football On Television, According To 1964

Spend enough time on sports boards and you start to absorb a multimedia shorthand. Someone asks why Raul Ibañez is a defensive liability, and you automatically post an animated gif of his laser-like throw from the outfield right into the dirt eight feet in front of him. Someone wonders why people dislike Laker fans,… » 2/02/13 3:00pm 2/02/13 3:00pm

The Best Super Bowl Documentary You've Never Seen (Featuring Bill…

TVTV (Top Value Television), a group I co-founded, was a band of merry videomakers who, from 1972 to 1977, took the then-new portable video camera and went out to document the world. In those days, there were only three TV networks, using giant studio cameras, and no one had ever seen a portable camera stuck in their… » 2/02/13 10:15am 2/02/13 10:15am