Chester R. "Chet" Simmons, who was a pioneer in broadcast sports before becoming ESPN’s president when it launched in 1979, died Thursday in Atlanta, ESPN reports.
He was 81.
Simmons started in the business in 1957 at ABC Sports-precursor Sports Programs, Inc. While at ABC Sports, he helped developed the signature program “Wide World of Sports.”
He was later the president of NBC Sports before going to ESPN.