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ESPN Founder tells how the Network began

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The founder of ESPN, Bill Rasmussen, signs autographs for USC students Wednesday night. The founder of ESPN, Bill Rasmussen, signs autographs for USC students Wednesday night.

By: Hannah Moseley

ESPN founder, Bill Rasmussen said he started the sports channel in 1979 and told students about the big gamble he took.

"You get a $9,000 credit card cash advance, $146 million from Getty.  Just like that, you have a network," said Rasmussen.

ESPN has dealt with challengers from NBC Sports Network and Fox Regional Networks.  Dr. Tom Regan, professor in the Sports and Retail Management School at USC, says sports fans are hooked on the original.

"ESPN has grown up through generations now.  Most of the young adults in our country have always been known to watch SportsCenter, have been wanting to watch SportsCenter," said Regan.

Fans, like Pierre Jordan, agree.

"ESPN is the bomb. If you take ESPN away from me, I'm not watching TV," said Jordan.

Rasmussen encouraged students to believe in themselves.

"Just think, any one of you if you turn to somebody and say I've got this great idea," said Rasmussen.


 

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