Roone Arledge was the president of ABC sports from 1977-1998. He is responsible for the creations of many different ABC programs including, Primetime, Nightline, and Monday Night Football. He was born in 1931 and went to Columbia University for both undergraduate and graduate school. In 1977, ABC made him the president of the news division, which at the time was not very popular. He went on to increase the views greatly, making ABC one of the mot watched networks. Life magazine awarded him one of the 100 most important Americans of the 20th century. In his life, he received 37 Emmy Awards as well as countless others from Disney, Sports Illustrated etc. Roone Arledge was on of the most influential people of all time for broadcasting sports and news in general. He helped shape what ABC and news are today.