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#TBT: ESPN To Receive First Iconic Network Award; Here’s A Review Of ESPN’s 42 Years

Tonight at a black tie hall-of-fame affair in New York City, Broadcasting & Cable Magazine will bestow on ESPN its first Iconic Network Award.

ESPN Chairman Jimmy Pitaro and ESPN’s longest-tenured president George Bodenheimer will accept the honor from the evening’s co-host Hannah Storm. Pitaro commented: “When we launched in 1979, ESPN immediately created an indelible bond with sports fans by matching their passion. Thank you to the thousands of dedicated ESPN employees who, over four decades, have continued to create a non-stop immersive sports experience.”

Here is a look back at ESPN’s magical 42-year history:

ESPN at 40: Chapter 1 Of 4

Front Row is honored to be able to share some bonus content celebrating ESPN’s 40 years, with stories, archival photos and helpful links and snippets of content that live on other ESPN platforms.

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ESPN at 40: Chapter 3 of 4

ESPN had arrived during the 1990s and with the start of the 2000s, it was time to branch out further into studio programming. Nothing embodied the innovation and trailblazing of the time as well as Pardon the Interruption.

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