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Today marks the 37th anniversary of John Lennon’s death. Before the Internet and social media, the news didn’t travel as fast as it does today. However, many Americans found out about Lennon’s tragic death the same way: From Howard Cosell on Monday Night Football.

Below is an ESPN “Outside The Lines” story that ran on the 30th anniversary of Lennon’s death that detailed the behind-the-scenes goings-on of Cosell’s now infamous announcement and how the legendary sportscaster almost didn’t deliver the earth-shattering news.


ESPN OTL: John Lennon Murder, 30th Anniversary

An ESPN "Outside The Lines" report on Beatles band member John Lennon, murdered on December 8th, 1980 in New York City. His shocking death was initially announced to a nationwide American audience on ABC's Monday Night Football. This piece gives an in depth look at the event from eyewitnesses and former sportscasters involved.


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.