Howard Cosell

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What's Wrong with Sports - signed first edition - 1991


Howard Cosell biography

Howard Cosell, born Howard William Cohen on March 25, 1918, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was a legendary American sports broadcaster, commentator, and media personality. He rose to prominence in the mid-20th century, becoming one of the most recognizable and controversial figures in the world of sports journalism. Cosell's journey to broadcasting began after he earned a law degree from New York University. In the early 1950s, he started working as a lawyer but soon found his true calling in the world of sports commentary. His distinctive voice, articulate delivery, and unapologetic style set him apart from other broadcasters of his time. Cosell gained national attention when he became a part of the ABC Monday Night Football broadcast team in 1970, alongside Don Meredith and Frank Gifford. His candid and often confrontational approach to commentary made him both loved and loathed by viewers. He was known for his catchphrase "I'm just telling it like it is" and his willingness to criticize players, coaches, and the sports establishment.

In addition to his work in football, Cosell covered a wide range of sports, including boxing, baseball, and basketball. He had a notable association with legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, providing commentary for many of Ali's fights. The duo's dynamic and often contentious relationship added to the drama and intrigue of their broadcasts. Beyond sports, Howard Cosell was involved in various other media ventures. He hosted a weekly radio talk show, Speaking of Sports, and appeared on ABC's Wide World of Sports. His fame extended beyond sports circles, and he became a recognizable public figure.

While Cosell was admired for his intelligence, wit, and willingness to speak his mind, his style also generated controversy. Some viewers found him abrasive, while others appreciated his honesty and candor. Regardless of opinions about his broadcasting style, Howard Cosell left an indelible mark on the world of sports journalism. Howard Cosell retired from Monday Night Football in 1983 and gradually withdrew from the public eye. He passed away on April 23, 1995, leaving a legacy as a groundbreaking and influential figure in sports broadcasting, forever remembered for his distinct voice, outspoken demeanor, and contributions to the way sports were presented and discussed in the media.


What's Wrong with Sports

The most popular, most controversial, and most imitated sportscaster of all time speaks out about the sorry state of sports today: Pete Rose, the corruption of college athletics, drugs in sports, and much more.


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