A TV event will take place this Sunday, May 27, that will bring a 54-year tradition to a close. The event will be ABC’s final broadcast of the Indianapolis 500 after a run that goes all the way back to the 1965 running of the race.
The Indy 500 moves to NBC next year, marking the first time the race will air on any network other than ABC.
“It will end an era that began in 1965 with black-and-white, tape-delayed packages on the ‘Wide World of Sports,’ and ushered in color a couple years later,” the AP reports. “An era that elevated broadcast icons such as Jim McKay and Keith Jackson, and produced innovations that are still a staple in motorsports to this day: in-car cameras, high-definition TV and second-screen experiences.”
Allen Bestwick, who will call the lap-by-lap action for the fifth time this Sunday, commented: “Every year it becomes one of those benchmark telecasts that I know our network has used to see where the next horizon is, and where we can push that limit of taking people where they’ve never been before.”
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