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ESPN history: Network goes 24/7 on Sept. 1, 1980

Updated: September 1, 2011, 1:14 PM ET
By Chris LaPlaca

People who spend too much time looking backwards when they should be focused on what's ahead invariably trip over the ottoman.

I try not to be that guy -- except for today.

Today I have been asked to write a post about the mood around here on Sept. 1, 1980 -- the day ESPN, almost a year into its existence, finally began televising sports 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

People tend to memorialize the past, put a polished sheen on times that ...

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