Eddie Einhorn (January 3, 1936 – February 24, 2016) was minority owner and vice chairman of the Chicago White Sox.
Einhorn produced the nationally syndicated radio broadcast of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship in 1958. In 1960, he founded the TVS Television Network to telecast college basketball games to regional networks at a time when the sport was of no interest to the national networks. The first broadcast was a semi-final game between Bradley University vs. St. Bonaventure University in the 1960 National Invitation Tournament from Madison Square Garden. Einhorn helped put together the first national broadcast of college basketball for the Game of the Century between the Houston Cougars and UCLA Bruins in 1968. He later sold his interest in the network and became the head of CBS Sports. Later, he would co-found subscription TV channel Sportsvision, which, after a number of sales and restructurings, eventually became cable network Sportschannel.
Einhorn's TVS network carried the World Football League in its inaugural 1974 season. He would later emerge in the United States Football League; as the proposed owner of the league's dormant Chicago franchise, Einhorn was one of the most outspoken supporters of the proposed, but ultimately failed, move to fall in 1986.
He was an owner of the IWA wrestling promotion in United States in 1975. The promotion was originally intended to be the first one to run cards nationally and promoted mainly in the midwest and even ran cards in the Carolinas.
Einhorn died on February 24, 2016 at the age of 80 from complications following a stroke. During the 2016 season, the White Sox wore a memorial patch on their uniforms in honor of Einhorn, a black diamond with "Eddie" in the center in white.
- The Record: "Mae (Lippman) Einhorn - Obituary" September 3, 2006
- Cahillane, Kevin (September 25, 2005). "WORTH NOTING; White Sox Fans? Say It Ain't So". The New York Times. Retrieved December 9, 2007.
Mr. Einhorn -- who was born and raised in Paterson and lives in Alpine -- is the flamboyant yin to the steely yang of the principal owner, Jerry Reinsdorf.
- Levin, Jay (25 February 2016). "Eddie Einhorn of Alpine, co-owner of the White Sox, dies at 80". The Record. Retrieved 25 February 2016.[permanent dead link]
- Einhorn, Eddie; Ron Rapaport. How March Became Madness: How the NCAA Tournament Became the Greatest Sporting Event in America. Chicago, Illinois: Triumph Books. ISBN 1-57243-809-6.
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