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#TBT: ESPN’s first Town Hall

(L-R) Leon Gittens, Tom Bettag, Bob Ley, Mark Nelson, John A. Walsh, Ted Koppel, Bob Rauscher, Craig Lazarus, Norby Williamson, and Jonell McFadden Priddle. All are ESPN and ABC News leaders working together to produce the first ESPN Town Hall.
ESPN and ABC News leaders who worked together to produce the first ESPN Town Hall: (L-R) Leon Gittens, Tom Bettag, Bob Ley, Mark Nelson, John A. Walsh, Ted Koppel, Bob Rauscher, Craig Lazarus, Norby Williamson and Jonell McFadden Priddle.

Today’s Throwback Thursday goes back nearly two decades to February 28, 1997 for “ESPN Town Meeting: Sports In Black & White,” hosted by Ted Koppel of ABC News. The event took place in Washington D.C. and the discussion was part of a three-hour primetime ESPN special including an Outside The Lines feature, “Breaking The Line: Jackie Robinson’s Legacy.”

Critically acclaimed and recognized with industry awards, the concept paved the way for similar features including an ESPN Town Meeting the following year with former President Bill Clinton.

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