With an idea that was truly ahead of its time, and running out of cash, Rasmussen found one investor who believed in the concept in February, 1979, and by September 7, 1979, ESPN was on the air for the first time, 14 months from Rasmussen’s moment of inspiration. In 2004 he received the Bill Conners Communications Award from the Jim Thorpe Association, and in 2002, Rasmussen was named to Rutgers University’s Wall of Fame. Rasmussen was inducted into the Connecticut Sports Museum & Hall of Fame in 1997 and into the Enfield, Conn. Rasmussen was born on Eglin Air Force Base near Valparaiso, Florida to Lois Ann and Bill Rasmussen. Rasmussen's innovations in sports and broadcasting include "Sports Center," wall-to-wall coverage of NCAA regular season and "March Madness" college basketball, and coverage of the NFL Draft."

Bill Rasmussen, Self: Red Eye. These are just the latest highlights in Rasmussen’s long career of innovation, risk-taking and success, much of it in the world of sports. His brainstorm for a 24-hour cable sports television station, born out of adversity, has become the Worldwide Leader in Sports, ESPN. Rasmussen was inducted into the 2016 Hall of Fame of Cynopsis Sports in New York City for transforming how sports and pop culture intersect. During these years, he handled numerous football, basketball, baseball and hockey play-by-play assignments on both radio and television. In 2014 Rasmussen was named Sports Business Leader of the Year by the Minnesota State University Mankato Sport Management program.

In his new role, Rasmussen met with students regularly on the DePauw campus, particularly with the Management Fellows Program and the Media Fellows Program. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Rasmussen was most talented in baseball, but followed all sports with interest.
He then served in the United States Air Force before beginning his professional career working for Westinghouse’s lamp division (Bloomfield, New Jersey) in sales and marketing. All Rights Reserved. For more information about Rasmussen, visit ESPNFounder.com and bill-rasmussen-speaker.com. In 1974, he left Springfield to join the New England Whalers (Hartford, Conn.) as Communications Director, a tenure which ended after the 1977-1978 WHA season. A life-long entrepreneur and sports fan, Rasmussen’s innovations in advertising, sports and broadcasting are numerous and include not only the creation of ESPN, but also the concept for “Sports Center,” wall-to-wall coverage of NCAA regular- season and “March Madness” college basketball, and coverage of the College World Series. He had already begun to seek out cable television companies, sponsors, investors and partners. Rasmussen founded ESPN in the summer of 1978. Rasmussen walked away from that business to pursue his dream to become a sports broadcaster, beginning at WTTT- AM radio in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1962. Imagine a world without ESPN, without 24-hour television channels, and a world of only three television networks. Rasmussen's innovations in sports and broadcasting include "Sports Center," wall-to-wall coverage of NCAA regular season and "March Madness" college basketball, and coverage of the NFL Draft.". Looking for a slightly scary movie to watch this Halloween? Rasmussen was honored as one of the 2011 class of The Champions: Pioneers & Innovators in Sports Business, an award from the Sports Business Journal and the Sports Business Daily, recognizing the architects and builders of sports, during a special ceremony at the IMG World Congress of Sports in Miami. The man who had the dream, the founder of ESPN, is Bill Rasmussen. It is safe to say that Bill Rasmussen changed the face of sports, and the face of television. Fox Foundation Collaborates with ESPN Founder Bill Rasmussen, ESPN Founder Bill Rasmussen Advanced the Ball on Covering All Sports–Except One, ESPN Reminds Staff to Avoid ‘Pure Politics’ After Dan Le Batard Criticizes Trump for Supporters’ ‘Send Her Back’ Comments, What to Watch if You Miss the "Game of Thrones" Cast. He frequently returns to Bristol, Conn. for ESPN’s annual anniversary celebrations. He worked with students on case study workshops and other programs throughout the course of the academic year.

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The Michael J. Part of his tenure there is marked by his creation of the first-ever radio network for University of Massachusetts football and basketball games. Rasmussen received the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award for Media and was inducted into the Media Wall of Fame at the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media at DePauw University. The Birth of ESPN” (available in paperback and e-book at ESPNFounder.com).

Jim Miller, the co-author of the recent best-selling book, “Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside the World of ESPN,” told John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal that “this is a guy whose idea gave birth to, arguably, the most successful media story of our time.”. His social media includes Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube. View the profiles of professionals named "Bill Rasmussen" on LinkedIn. Once unleashed upon sports fans, ESPN's impact forever changed the way we watch television. Bill on new SportsCenter set in Bristol, CT Digital Center. That was the way of the world before Rasmussen’s revolutionary brainstorm. | Theme: klean by InkHive. Welcome back. Rasmussen is the man who had the dream, the founder of ESPN.

See if your friends have read any of Bill Rasmussen's books. Also in 2012, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Sports Launch Magazine. Rasmussen went to DePauw University (Greencastle, Indiana), graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Economics in 1954. He was honored as one of the 2011 class of The Champions: Pioneers & Innovators in Sports Business, an award from the Sports Business Journal and the Sports Business Daily, recognizing the architects and builders of sports, during a special ceremony at the IMG World Congress of Sports in Miami. His place in sports history was further recognized by Sports Illustrated in 1994, when he was honored as one of the “40 for the Ages,” one of 40 individuals who has significantly altered and elevated the world of sport in the last half of the 20th Century.

It is safe to say that Bill Rasmussen changed the face of sports, and the face of television. Bill Rasmussen graduated from … Named “The Father of Cable Sports” by USA Today, Rasmussen was named to The Sports 100, honoring the 100 most important people in American Sports History. “Sports Junkies Rejoice! Looking for something to watch? Bill was named Sports Business Leader of the Year by the Minnesota State University Mankato Sport Management program in 2014, received the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award for Media and was inducted into the Media Wall of Fame at the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media at DePauw University, and he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Sports Launch Magazine in 2012.

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By 1965, Rasmussen had moved on to WWLP-TV (NBC) in Springfield, Mass., where he spent eight years on the air as the sports director, and two years as news director. Check out our picks for movies that (hopefully) won't keep you up at night. In 2001, he received the prestigious Order of Achievement from Lambda Chi Alpha. © 2020 Bill Rasmussen. Rasmussen tells the inside story of the birth of ESPN in the book, which was recently published in a brand-new paperback edition, and is also available in digital format for most electronic reading devices. He had his innovative brainstorm for an all-sports cable TV network within days of his firing by the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association on Memorial Day weekend. Sports Junkies Rejoice! His brainstorm for a 24-hour cable sports television station, born out of adversity, has become the Worldwide Leader in Sports, ESPN. Another chapter in Rasmussen’s illustrious career began when he was named Executive in Residence at The Robert C. McDermond Center for Management & Entrepreneurship at DePauw University. The man who had the dream, the founder of ESPN, is Bill Rasmussen. He is also a frequent guest on radio and television shows, including recent appearances on the nationally-syndicated radio shows “Sports Byline USA with Ron Barr” and “The Dennis Miller Show” and the cable television interview show “It’s Your Call.” He was a featured guest on the FOX News Channel’s “Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld.”. Bill Rasmussen net worth: Bill Rasmussen is an American businessman and entrepreneur who has a net worth of $600 million dollars. There are 100+ professionals named "Bill Rasmussen", who use LinkedIn to exchange information, ideas, and opportunities. After earning his MBA from Rutgers University (1960), Rasmussen had the idea for his first entrepreneurial start-up, an advertising services business based in Newark Jersey (with Westinghouse as his first customer) that is still thriving over six decades later. In addition to his role as the “George Washington of ESPN,” as longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman has tagged him, Rasmussen served as a consultant to the Big Ten Conference as well as several of the member institutions on television matters, and has been at the helm of numerous other start-up companies both in traditional media and on the Internet. Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999. His idea for an all-sports cable TV network captured his imagination, and he incorporated the fledgling network on July 14, 1978. In September 2010, ESPN dedicated the flagpole at its Bristol headquarters to its founder. Choose an adventure below and discover your next favorite movie or TV show. : The Birth of ESPN, Sports Junkies Rejoice - The Birth of ESPN, Tales At The World's End (The Nine Tales Series). On September 13, 2009, as part of ESPN’s 30th Anniversary celebration, Rasmussen was recognized for his role as the father of ESPN when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch during ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” coverage of the Phillies/Mets contest in Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park. Entrepreneurial daring and irrepressible enthusiasm gave the world the first 24-hour television network.

Error rating book. Proudly powered by WordPress | Theme: klean by InkHive. Once unleashed upon sports fans, ESPN’s impact forever changed the way we watch television. ESPN went on the air on Sept. 7, 1979. Rasmussen’s entrepreneurial daring, his irrepressible enthusiasm and a dash of good luck gave the world the first 24-hour television network. All Rights Reserved. Among his numerous honors and awards, Rasmussen was inducted into the 2016 Hall of Fame of Cynopsis Sports in New York City for transforming how sports and pop culture intersect.