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Tony Verna (1933–2015)

Tony Verna was born on November 26, 1933 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Anthony Frederich Verna. He was a director, known for The Triple Crown of Racing (1973), Greatest Sports Legends (1972) and Celebrity Daredevils (1983). He was married to Carol and Joanna Hayes. He died on January 18, 2015 in Palm Desert, California, USA. See full bio »

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The Mike Douglas Show Himself - CBS Sports Director


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 1983 Celebrity Daredevils (TV Series)
 1972-1975 Greatest Sports Legends (TV Series) (7 episodes)
- Sam Snead (1975)
- Gale Sayers (1975)
- Bart Starr (1975)
- Joe DiMaggio (1975)
- Stan Musial (1973)
 1973 The Triple Crown of Racing (TV Mini-Series) (3 episodes)
- The Preakness (1973)
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 2004 The Interviews: An Oral History of Television (TV Series)
- Tony Verna (2004) ... Himself
 1975 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
Himself - CBS Sports Director
- Episode #14.78 (1975) ... Himself - CBS Sports Director

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I didn't invent instant replay to improve officiating, or anything like that. I invented it for a better telecast. [in an interview with Pacific Standard magazine in 2013]


In 1963, he was directing the Army-Navy football game for CBS Sports when he ran the first immediate videotape review of a play in television history. When the technology was used again in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1, 1964, sportscaster Pat Summerall referred to it as "instant replay", and the term stuck. See more »

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