Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.

ESPN once was a scrappy, obscure underdog

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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