Tony Verna, Inventor Of Instant Replay, Dies At 81
Tony Verna's breakthrough instant replay feature was first used in a 1963 Army-Navy football game. It would soon change sports television forever.By Jay Strubberg | January 19, 2015
Tony Verna, the TV director and producer who is credited with inventing instant replay in sports broadcasting, has died. He was 81.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Verna died Sunday at his home in Palm Desert, California, "after a short battle with acute leukemia."
"If you watched the game today without replay ... you would be unhappy," Tony Verna said.
Verna worked in TV production for more than five decades, and it was one innovative idea in the early stages of his career that changed the sports world forever. (Video via Archive of American Television)