Howard William Cosell (born Howard William Cohen; March 25, 1918 - April 23, 1995) was an American sports journalist who was widely known for his blustery, cocksure personality. Cosell said of himself, 'Arrogant, pompous, obnoxious, vain, cruel, verbose, a showoff. I have been called all of these. Of course, I am.' In its obituary for Cosell, The New York Times described Cosell's impact on American sports coverage: 'He entered sports broadcasting in the mid-1950s, when the predominant style was unabashed adulation, [and] offered a brassy counterpoint that was first ridiculed, then copied until it became the dominant note of sports broadcasting.' In 1993, TV Guide named Howard Cosell The All-Time Best Sportscaster in its issue Celebrating 40 years of television.
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