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Arledge brought modern innovations to TV sports

Updated: December 9, 2002, 12:17 PM ET
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NEW YORK -- Roone Arledge, a pioneering television executive at ABC News and Sports responsible for creating shows from "Monday Night Football'' to "Nightline,'' died Thursday. He was 71.

Arledge died at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said. The cause of death was complications from cancer, ABC News reported.

"We've lost a great man and a great friend, a creative genius and innovator who changed the face of television and impacted the careers ...

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