ESPN GETS NOSTALGIC FOR THE PAST IN "SPORTSCENTURY" PROGRAM
Published January 13, 1999
ESPN unveiled plans for its "SportsCentury" program yesterday in N.Y., including its list of the 51-100 greatest North American athletes of the past century. The top 50 will be counted down through weekly "SportsCentury" programs, airing on Fridays, beginning January 22 at 8:00pm ET, with a special hour-long culmination episode on the top two athletes airing on ABC December 26 (ESPN). USA TODAY's Michael Hiestand calls it ESPN's "biggest project ever." The program will consist of 60 hours of footage and draw on about 1,000 interviews, 150,000 photos, "and rarely seen old footage." Hiestand adds that ESPN will "send its own announcers into the past" as some "SportsCenter" anchors will "temporarily" alter their on-air look to "suggest" how "SportsCenter" might have looked (USA TODAY, 1/13).