Tony Verna, Inventor of TV Instant Replay for Live Sports, Dies at Age 81

Tony Verna, a television producer credited with bringing instant replay to live sports, died Sunday after a battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He was 81.

Verna’s daughter, Tracy Soiseth, confirmed his death to The Associated Press. The longtime producer and director came up with the idea for instant replay during a CBS broadcast of the Army-Navy football game in 1963.

Per the AP, “Verna developed a method to cue the tape to pinpoint the play he wanted to immediately air again.” Vernon used that technology to show Army quarterback Rollie Stichweh scoring a touchdown, prompting a warning from the announce team to the audience that what they were watching was not live.
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