How NFL commentators broke John Lennon's death to America during live Monday Night Football broadcast

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  • Howard Cosell
    Howard Cosell
    American sportscaster (1918-1995)

On 9 Dec, 1980, NFL broadcaster Howard Cosell was commentating on a game between the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins when news of Lennon's assassination broke. He decided to broadcast the news to the US nation while the game was being played, in a memorable moment in US sport telecasting history.

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