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Frazier and Ali in the Age of Cosell (Part 1): Mark Ribowsky

By the late 1960s, Howard Cosell had, in effect, typecast himself out of the lower classes of the sports-casting realm. He had become too big for not-quite-important events and was relied on by ABC to score the momentous interview.

He was on the scene at the Grand Prix, the Kentucky Derby, though, of course, the Cosell sine qua non -- and, by extension, that of ABC Sports -- was still boxing. And Muhammad Ali.