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Tony Verna, Inventor of Instant Replay in Sports TV, Dies at 81

19 January 2015 5:21 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Anthony F. Verna, a producer of television sports and the inventor of the instant replay, died January 18 in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 81.

Verna debuted his invention during CBS’ telecast of the Army-Navy Game from Philadelphia, his hometown, in 1963. Before the instant replay was first used during that telecast, Verna had announcer Lindsey Nelson explain to the audience that “this is not live! Ladies and gentlemen, Army has not scored again.”

He directed the broadcast of the Kentucky Derby a dozen times, as well as five Super Bowls, NBA and NHL championship games, the Olympics and, in France, Grand Prix racing.

“By any measure, a career spent directing major sporting events like the Super Bowl and the Kentucky Derby would be accomplishment enough,” said DGA president Paris Barclay upon learning of the director’s death. “But Tony Verna’s legacy replays on television sets around the world every day. With »

- Variety Staff

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