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HBO 'Real Sports' marks a milestone

Bryant Gumbel, host of HBO's "Real Sports."

(Credit: HBO/Nathaniel Welch )

Howard Cosell more or less invented sports journalism on television, including his mid-1980s show “SportsBeat,’’ so it was fitting that exactly three weeks before he died, one of the enduring pillars of the genre was born.

HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel’’ premiered April 2, 1995, joining another show, ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,’’ which arrived in 1990.

It is easy to forget how...

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