SportsBeat is three minutes of programming, where sportscaster Mike Tirico gives his take on the days sports world. SportsBeat is heard Monday through to Friday between 3 p.m. ET and 7 p.m. ET on ESPN Radio. It is three minutes of programming with one minute of inventory inclusive. It features an insightful capsule of the major breaking news of the day and a preview of the night ahead. It is heard on over 472 plus affiliates across the United States and Canada.
On January 1, 2004, Tirico assumed the role as voice of ESPN Radio's weekday afternoon drivetime SportsBeat segments, the five-minute daily mainstay of the network since Brent Musburger launched ESPN Radio with the inaugural SportsBeat on January 1, 1992. Tirico is one of the most respected play-by-play men in the country as he has experience as the lead play-by-play man of ESPN's Monday Night Football and also calls NBA games for the network as well as formally served as an anchor on ESPN's signature show SportsCenter.
SportsBeat (or ABC SportsBeat, its official title) was previously, a television series that was hosted by Howard Cosell on ABC. SportsBeat, which ran from 1983-1985, won three Emmy Awards. ABC SportsBeat was a precursor of sorts to sports magazine shows like ESPN's Outside the Lines and HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. SportsBeat likewise, featured penetrating, in-depth interviews.
- Working for 'The Mouth' was never dull
- Cosell SportsBeat Show Is Canceled by ABC
- Considered the pioneer of television sports journalism, his three-time Emmy Award winning "ABC Sportsbeat" premiered in 1981 as the only regularly scheduled network program devoted solely to sports journalism.
- Cosell created the sports newsmagazine Sportsbeat in 1985, which opened to strong reviews. The show was cancelled after just three months when Cosell released his autobiography, I Never Played the Game, a volume filled with negative appraisals of his ABC colleagues. He would never work in television again.
- Cosell’s last television series was “SportsBeat” (1982-1986), which won two Emmy Awards.
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