Launching Vitale & Co. on America

Updated: November 13, 2003, 5:16 PM ET
By Mark Simon | Special to ESPN.com

It was late November, 1979. Six months had passed since Magic Johnson beat Larry Bird in the NCAA championship game. That cable box on top of your TV received maybe one or two extra channels, but one of those new television networks was about to have a major impact on college basketball.

The first college basketball game broadcast by ESPN? Depends on the definition. The network aired a series of exhibition games in November, including international affairs such as Maryland against the Yugoslavian ...

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