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ESPN once was a scrappy, obscure underdog

ESPN's Stuart Scott attends the premiere of the

ESPN's Stuart Scott attends the premiere of the Power Of The Game at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival April 28, 2007 in New York City. (Credit: Steven Henry/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

My L.A. counterpart, Tom Hoffarth, uncovered a fascinating story from the Sports Illustrated of July 23, 1979, about an obscure sports cable channel that was preparing to launch that September. (Thanks to Fang's Bites for link.)

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Tags: ESPN , Sports Illustrated

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