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Breaking: NHL insiders mourn the passing of legendary sports broadcaster

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Tragic news today as Keith Jackson, one of the most distinctive voices in college football for half a century, died Friday night. He was 89.

ESPN, the sister Disney company to ABC where Jackson spent much of his career, reported that the family had confirmed Jackson’s death.

Jackson called the biggest events in college football for 40 years at ABC Sports. His last broadcast was the 2006 Rose Bowl, a bowl he coined “the granddaddy of them all." 

As many fans remember Vince Young scrambled into the end zone in the closing seconds of the game as Texas defeated USC to be crowned champions in what some call the best college football game ever. 

Along with college football, Jackson called MLB, NFL, and USFL games, as well as the Olympic Games, and auto racing events including The Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500.

He was inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 1994, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in 1995, and the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1999, after which, the stadium's radio and television booths were renamed in his honor in 2015.

Many NHL insiders and reporters took to social media on Saturday to mourn the passing of the legendary sports broadcaster, who influenced many in the National Hockey League. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with them, and the family and friends of Mr. Jackson.