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The American Broadcasting Company created its ABC Sports division in 1961 with Roone Arledge as the producer. Originally the division televised the NCAA college football games and then track and field events sponsored by the Amatuer Athletic Union. ABC Sports evolved to where it then broadcast 10 Olympic games, created Monday Night Football (which it hosted from 1970-2006), and sponsored the weekly Wide World of Sports program. Legendary sports broadcasters Jim McKay and Howard Cosell helped create a more inclusive and entertaining style of presenting televised sports to the fans. ABC Sports began to merge with ESPN in the mid 1980s. Although the ABC Sports division still exists, since 2006 almost all of the sports broadcasting contracts have been managed by ESPN.

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