Sports Center's 50,000th Show

Program fusing news and sports celebrates more than 30 years on air.
3:00 | 09/13/12

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And finally tonight, a great milestone in television today. When this show started, tiger woods was 3 years old. It was just a little experiment in fast talk news and sports. And tonight, "sportscenter" is AIRING ITS 50,000th SHOW. Here's abc's and "sportscenter's" own josh elliott. A big part of our future, the "sportscenter", with george grande. Welcome, everyone, to the espn "sportscenter." Reporter: And thus began a humble wrapup program that would do nothing less than change the very middle easteaning of american sport. Back in 1979, sports fans only really could follow their local teams. Briefly glimpse at the end of local news cast. "Sportscenter" rendered that obsolete. And helped catapult sports into the center of the american cultural dialogue. Now, it is the beating heart of abc's sister network, espn. 18 million people tune in each day. Compared to the 30,000 who watched that very first broadcast. Is. Welcome to another edition of "sportscenter." Reporter: A show that wouldn't recognize itself now. Owing much to the iconic athletes who came of age with it. And all those anchors, including my ge my dear "gma" colleague, robin roberts. Blazing a trail for me to follow. Alongside josh elliott, I'm hannah storm. Reporter: And one of the great continuous ad campaigns in television or thistory. What's the story? I thought everybody left for the night. Bring this thing in. Hey, wally! It's not what you think! Reporter: Its legion of fans, the president of the united states. Guiltiest pleasure? I suppose it's "sportscenter." And my wife thinks it's a sickness. Reporter: Disease or delight --, 50,000 editions later, it would seem they're both right. For this is "sportscenter." Josh elliott, abc news, new york. Dude!

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