• Hall of Fame gridiron film maker Sabol dead at 98

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    NEW YORK: Ed Sabol, whose visionary filmwork of American football helped revolutionise US television sports, died on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 98. Sabol—a top class swimmer who refused to compete at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin because he said he would not swim in a pool financed by Nazi leader and German Chancellor Adolf Hitler—founded NFL Films in 1964 and during his tenure as a top executive until his 1995 retirement, the company won 52 Emmy Awards for television excellence. With an exclusive deal to preserve NFL games on film, Sabol helped bring the sport into American living rooms, his highlights packaging featuring sideline comments from players and coaches becoming a staple of coverage in the 1970s as the NFL’s popularity boomed.

    AFP

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