Legendary Sports Broadcaster George Michael Dies

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26:  Washington Capitals co-owner Ted Leonsis is interviewed by sportscaster George Michael during a press conference to introduce Bruce Cassidy as the new coach of the Capitals on June 26, 2002  in Washington, D.C.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images/NHLI)
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Jarrett CarterAnalyst IDecember 24, 2009

The originator of highlights odd and exhilarating has died. George Michael, long time Washington-area sports broadcaster and the creator of the George Michael Sports Machine, passed away today at the age of 70 .

He was a proponent of all things local sports; not an easy task given the rampant mediocrity of most teams over the last 15 years. His work on Channel 4 many of us grew up on in the DMV, but he is internationally known as the man who pioneered the format that ESPN  uses today for highlights and feature packages.

When people die and folks say they will remember them, it’s often a definitive effort to recall the things that they loved about the deceased. George Michael changed sports, and even in his death, every highlight will echo with his influence.

The machine will keep on rolling.

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