Cosell, Howard kōsĕl´ [key], 1920–95, American sports broadcaster, b. Winston-Salem, N.C., as Howard William Cohen. He grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and became a lawyer; in 1956 he began covering sports for the American Broadcasting Company. A dominant U.S. sports broadcaster during the 1960s to 80s, he was identified especially with ABC's prime-time
Monday Night Football(1970–84) and as a vocal advocate for Muhammad Ali . Cosell's outspoken, blunt, and often abrasive style, marked by his frequent claims to
tell it like it is,made him one of television's most familiar figures.
See biography by M. Ribowsky (2011).
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