Jersey Proud: First filmed sporting event produced in West Orange in 1894

On this day in 1894, the first filmed sporting event was a boxing match that was produced at the studio of Thomas Edison in West Orange.

News 12 Staff

Jun 15, 2022, 2:27 AM

Updated 674 days ago

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Watching sporting events, such as the NBA finals or the U.S. Open, is a slick production honed by years of practice - and it's a craft that traces back to West Orange.
On this day in 1894, the first filmed sporting event was a boxing match that was produced at the studio of Thomas Edison in West Orange. Edison's company filmed it, edited it down and released it as a movie two months later. There were no announcers and no sound.
However, sports broadcasting was born. The original film was lost -- all that survived was a 37-second clip that's now digitized at the Library of Congress.


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