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Howard Cosell Audio: Did not want to announce Lennon's death (VERY RARE)

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Published on Oct 8, 2010

This is a very rare piece of audio. It is Howard Cosell talking to Frank Gifford about him announcing John Lennon's death during the Patriots vs Dolphins football game. Howard did not want to announce it, but Frank said it would "shake up the world." The dialogue is as follows:

Frank: ...He was shot outside his apartment, his Dakota apartment.

Howard: Fellas, I just don't know, I'd like your opinion. I - I can't see in this game's situation allowing for that news flash, can you?

Frank: Absolutely, I can see it.

Howard: Y-You can?

Frank: You Betcha, ...[unintelligible]...you know you gotta do it.

Howard: Alright...

Frank: [unintelligible]... it's a tragic moment and, uh...

Howard: Alright...

Frank: This is gonna shake up the whole world.

Howard: Alright, I will get it in. Let Giff call this play and then I'll get it in.

Frank: [unintelligible]...bang, bang, but I mean, you gotta, you gotta do it.

Howard: Alright...

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