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Olympic History: 10 Things the Olympic Games Have Made Popular

Throughout Olympic history, technology has pushed boundaries before hitting the mainstream

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Olympic History – 10 Things the Olympic Games Have Made Popular: Televised Sports

olympic-history-10-things-the-olympic-games-have-made-popularWhile they may not have been the first to employ streaming video, the Olympics did start one of the more profitable crazes in history: broadcast sports.

That’s right, Disney’s (DIS) incredibly popular (and valuable) ESPN and the public’s seemingly insatiable appetite for watching sports on TV instead of in an arena or stadium can be traced back to the 1936 Summer Games in Berlin.

A controversial chapter in Olympic history, what’s often overshadowed by the Nazi element in the 1936 Berlin Olympics is the fact that 72 hours of live footage was broadcast to TV booths in several German cities — a first.

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