SALISBURY, N.C., April 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Sports Media Association has named The Boston Globe as the 2016 recipient of the Roone Arledge Legacy Award. The Globe was selected for its innovative sports coverage, much of which has inspired other sports departments across the country. Sports columnists Bob Ryan, Lesley Visser and Leigh Montville, along with former Globe sports editor Vince Doria will accept the Arledge Award and discuss The Globe's impact, during the NSMA's Legacy Night, June 18 in Salisbury, N.C.
"The Globe sports department has been a trendsetter for decades," NSMA executive director Dave Goren said. "It's produced more NSMA Hall of Famers (Ryan, Visser, Montville, Peter Gammons, Bud Collins and Will McDonough) than any other entity. And, it was one of the first newspapers to allow its writers to appear regularly on radio and television, a move that led to the proliferation of beat reporter experts in broadcast media."
Ryan, the NSMA Board's national chair, still contributes columns to The Globe. Visser appears regularly on CBS Sports Network and at CBSSports.com. Montville recently finished a second stint as a Globe columnist. And Doria retired last year, after 23 years as Senior Vice President and Director of News at ESPN.
Ryan, Visser and Montville are also among the contributors to the NSMA's website, nationalsportsmedia.org.
Following the 57th Awards Weekend welcome dinner at Catawba College's Peeler Crystal Lounge, the Legacy Night panel, featuring Ryan, Visser, Montville and Doria, will be held in Catawba's Hedrick Theater.
ABOUT ROONE ARLEDGE
Roone Arledge climbed his way to become both the President of ABC Sports and ABC News. Along the way, he created or developed many of the sports television institutions we know today. Among them: Monday Night Football, Wide World of Sports, slow motion, instant replay and the hand-held camera. He won 37 Emmys and trained many of the top executives working in sports television today. Arledge died in 2002 at the age of 71.
ABOUT THE NSMA
The NSMA will hold its 57th Awards Weekend, June 18-20, in Salisbury, N.C., honoring Hall of Fame inductees Chris Berman, Billy Packer, Gary Smith and the late David Halberstam; National Sportscaster of the Year Mike 'Doc' Emrick; National Sportswriter of the Year Tom Verducci; and 104 State Sportscasters and Sportswriters from throughout the country. For information on attending, go to www.nationalsportsmedia.org and click on Events.
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SOURCE National Sports Media Association (NSMA)