From Franchise to Hometown: A Conversation with ESPN Founder Bill Rasmussen


In the summer of 1978, Bill Rasmussen hatched what is surely one of the most impactful innovations in the history of television: the 24-hour cable network, ESPN. As the founder and former President of the company, Rasmussen helped develop the network’s flagship program, “Sports Center.” Bill Rasmussen joins us in the studio to talk about the thinking that led to the idea for ESPN as well as his latest venture, Hometown Networks, which allows individual communities to create and maintain their own streaming service for local sports.