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Howard Cosell by Mark Ribowsky
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Apr 30, 2012

Read in April, 2012

A terrific and affecting read. Ribowsky changed my view of Cosell by showing how he was front and centre in dragging journalism into American sports tv. This is no hagiography. The author reveals the horrid side of Cosell's character- the backbiting, envy, cruelty and magalomania are all fully drawn out. Still Cosell's influence on big issues in sport in particular civil rights for blacks and getting rid of the reserve clause in baseball shows how far ahead of his contemporaries he was. Ribowsky also gives him credit for being great tv and an underrated caller of fights. Cosell intersected most of the big events of the 60s and 70s and they are all covered well here including the antics from the Monday Night football booth. Excellent job.
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