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ESPN Founder Bill Rasmussen '54 to Discuss 'Changing Face of Sports Television'

ESPN Founder Bill Rasmussen '54 to Discuss 'Changing Face of Sports Television'

July 2, 2010

Bill Rasmussen Color.jpgJuly 2, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — Bill Rasmussen, founder of ESPN and 1954 graduate of  DePauw University, will make a presentation next Wednesday, July 7, at the 2010 convention of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).  Rasmussen will participate in a panel discussion on "The Changing Face of Sports Television." The convention will be held in San Francisco.

Rasmussen's newest venture, College Fanz Sports Network, is a corporate sponsor of CoSIDA. He has been called "the father of cable sports" by USA Today and was recognized in 1994 by Sports Illustrated as one of 40 individuals who had the greatest impact on the world of sports over the previous 40 years.

His book, Sports Junkies Rejoice! The Birth of ESPN, was recently Bill Rasmussen Sports Junkies pb.jpgpublished in its first-ever paperback edition.

ESPN began televising on September 7, 1979.  The network was co-founded by Bill Rasmussen's son, Scott, a 1986 graduate of DePauw who is a nationally recognized pollster.

Learn more about next week's panel discussion by clicking here.

A column in the Toronto Star last week declared, "ESPN made TV sports a whole new ball game." Access the piece via this article.