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The first live sports event with closed captioning was the Sugar Bowl on January 1, 1981. The game was played in the New Orleans Superdome where the Georgia Bulldogs met the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. A special system connected to the stadium’s electronic scoreboard provided information in the TV captioning about the down number, yards to go for a first down, the yard line on which the ball is being played, and other details about the game that were displayed on the scoreboard.
Real-time captioning of commentary on a live sports event was provided for the first time on the Super Bowl that aired on January 20, 1985. In September 1985, ABC’s Monday Night Football became the first sports series to include real-time captioning of commentary.
3-2-1 Contact was among the first group of television programs to be captioned in March 1980 and was the first children’s program. This science educational show produced by Children’s Television Workshop aired on PBS member stations from 1980 to 1988. Later in 1980, Sesame Street became the second children’s program to be captioned and is now the longest running captioned children’s program.