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  ESPN Founder Tour 2019 - 2020
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Hear one of the GREATEST stories in television history . . .
Presented by the Founder of ESPN
Bill on Sports Center
“ The Father of Cable Sports ”

Born out of adversity, ESPN has become the Worldwide Leader in Sports. Bill Rasmussen is the man who had the dream, the Founder of ESPN. Rasmussen’s entrepreneurial daring, his irrepressible enthusiasm and a dash of good luck gave the world the first 24-hour television network.

Rasmussen founded ESPN in the summer of 1978 within days of being fired by the New England Whalers. His idea for an all-sports cable TV network captured his imagination.

Funding for his vision started with a $9,000 credit card advance. As the network began to grow, Rasmussen sought out investors, advertisers, content providers, satellite technology and cable systems. He grew the staff to 8 in the first 9 months and the dedicated team grew to a total of 80 at launch. On September 7, 1979, at 7 pm eastern, ESPN went on the air, just 14 months after his moment of inspiration.

A life-long entrepreneur and sports fan, Rasmussen developed the concepts for “Sports Center”, wall-to-wall coverage of both the NCAA regular season and “March Madness” college basketball, and coverage of the College Baseball World Series.

In Rasmussen’s motivating presentation, the audience is given a rare opportunity to hear and feel the stories of a man who was considered by the three major television networks at the time (ABC, CBS & NBC) a dreamer and all around crazy man to even think that he could compete with them.

Today, with a global presence, ESPN has indeed turned skeptics into believers.

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