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HBO Documentary Preview: Glickman [VIDEO] 

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Photo Credit: HBO

I’m the first to admit that I’m not a huge sports fan. I’ve certainly been known to enjoy a game (basketball, football, tennis, etc.) every once in a while, but I’m not the kind of person who knows enough to understand a game without the help of an announcer. But HBO has a knack for making me care about a lot of things, and after watching Glickman I realized what an influential and special human being Marty Glickman was.

From HBO:

Before Marv Albert and Bob Costas, there was Marty Glickman. A gifted Jewish-American athlete who was denied the chance to represent the U.S. at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, he went on to become one of the most revered and influential sportscasters in history, pioneering many of the techniques, phrases and programming innovations that are commonplace in sports reporting today. Glickman was a lifelong advocate of sports as a means of transcending divisions created by race, class and religion.

I don’t want to give everything away, because that will take away from your enjoyment of this documentary. But I do want  to share a few interesting tidbits:

  • There is one incident that happened during Marty Glickman’s high school football career that he always deeply regretted.
  • Glickman was the first person to help give the geography of the court during games so people were able to picture it in their minds. He invented some terms that are still in use today, the most notable (at least to me) is “swish.”
  • When new management was hired by the Giants, they delayed renewing Glickman’s contract so long that he took a job with the Jets. That team of new management was fired six months later.
  • Glickman was the first person to be heard on air on HBO, then a fledging cable network, and helped launch the sports division. One of his most innovative ideas was to show early-round coverage of Wimbledon tennis.

Glickman Trailer:

Glickman premieres Monday, August 26th at 9/8c on HBO.

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