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Pioneering Sports Machine host George Michael dies at 70

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 25th 2009 9:05AM
One of television's biggest sports names long before people cared about the people who talked about sports on television has died.

George Michael, the sportscaster and longtime host of the nationally syndicated George Michael's Sports Machine, succumbed to a long battle with cancer on Thursday.

To call him ahead of his time would be an understatement. He basically invented the hyper clip style format of shows like ESPN's SportsCenter, brought a great deal of personality to TV sports reporting and sportscasting and even inspired and mentored the likes of Pardon the Interruption's Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon.

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Jay

I remember him as a DJ at WFIL in Philadelphia back in the 60s. A good man

December 30 2009 at 8:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mary

I live in the Washington DC area where Michael was the local NBC sports anchor. When the station was going though layoffs Michael said that if the sports department was going to have cuts he would be the first to go and he quit. Class act - he will be missed.

December 26 2009 at 9:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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