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I'm posting links to some footage of CBS coverage of the 1975 Pan Am Games in this post, but first a quick recap of how US Television first covered the Pan Am Games. ABC was the first to broadcast the games in 1963 when they devoted one episode of their "Wide World of Sports" anthology show to the games. The doubled their coverage to two episodes of the show in 1967. I have not been able to determine if there was any coverage in 1971. CBS then bought the rights to the 1975 and 1979 Games at the same time. The coverage in 1975 was mainly shown on "CBS Sports Spectacular" - CBS' version of "Wide World of Sports".
IVth PAN AMERICAN GAMES
Sao Paulo 1963
ABC
Hours: 1 1/2
Host: Jim McKay
ABC's Wide World of Sports
May 11 Pan American Games from São Paulo, Brazil
Vth PAN AMERICAN GAMES
Winnipeg 1967
ABC
Hours: 3
Host: Jim McKay
Saturday, July 29, 1967
ABC'S WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS (ABC, 5-6:30 p.m.). Highlights of the swimming and track-and-field events at the Pan American games, live from Winnipeg,Canada.
Saturday, August 5, 1967
ABC's WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS (ABC, 5-6:30 p.m.) Pan American Games from Winnipeg, Canada.
VIIth PAN AMERICAN GAMES
Mexico City 1975
CBS
Hours: 7 2/3
Host: Pat Summerall
Reporters:
Jack Whitaker (Athletics and Boxing)
Brent Musburger (Swimming and Baseball)
Adrian Metcalfe (Synchronized Swimming)
?
Analysts:
Bill Toomey (Athletics)
Sugar Ray Leonard (Boxing)
Keena Rotheimer (Swimming)
Kim Ocean-Smith (Synchronized Swimming)
?
Monday, October 13 -- 11:30 PM - 11:40 PM
Highlights of events and Opening Ceremony
Tuesday, October 14 -- 11:30 PM - 11:40 PM
Highlights
Wednesday, October 15 -- 11:30 PM - 11:40 PM
Highlights
Thursday, October 16 -- 11:30 PM - 11:40 PM
Highlights
Friday, October 17 -- 11:30 PM - 11:40 PM
Highlights
Saturday, October 18 -- 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Highlights
Monday, October 20 -- 11:30 PM - 11:40 PM
Highlights
Tuesday, October 21 -- 11:30 PM - 11:40 PM
Highlights
Wednesday, October 22 -- 11:30 PM - 11:40 PM
Highlights
Thursday, October 23 -- 11:30 PM - 11:40 PM
Highlights
Friday, October 24 -- 11:30 PM - 11:40 PM
Highlights
Saturday, October 25 -- 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Boxing Finals, Basketball Finals, and Soccer.
Sunday, October 26 -- 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Equestrian Grand Prix Jumping
Here are some clips on youtube from CBS coverage of the 1975 Pan American Games:
Decathlon - Day 1
Decathlon - Day 2
Athletics - Men's 4x100m Relay
Swimming - Women's 100m Freestyle
Boxing - Light Welterweight Class Bout (Sugar Ray Leonard)
Boxing - Heavyweight Class Bout (Teofilo Stevenson)
Baseball - CUBA vs. USA
Synchronized Swimming - Team - USA
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In 1979, CBS again aired most of it's coverage on "CBS Sports Spectacular"
VIIIth PAN AMERICAN GAMES
San Juan 1979
CBS
Hours: 12 1/4
Host: Dick Stockton
Reporters:
Jack Whittaker
Curt Gowdy
Tim Ryan (Boxing ?)
Irv Cross
Gary Bender (Basketball ?)
Analysts:
Muriel Grossfeld (Gymnastics ?)
Gil Clancy (Boxing ?)
Wilma Rudolph (Athletics ?)
Sunday, July 1 -- 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Pan American Games: Opening Ceremonies. Featuring highlights of past
Pan Am competitions, and presenting the history of the games and a preview
of the forthcoming two weeks of competition, live from Puerto Rico.
Saturday, July 7 -- 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
CBS Sports Spectacular: ‘Pan American Games’--men’s and women’s
swimming and diving, gymnastics, boxing, roller skating (speed), archery,
bowling and Greco-Roman wrestling. In addition, a special feature by LeRoy
Neiman will be presented.
Sunday, July 8 -- 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Pan American Games: Among the events expected to be covered are men’s
and women’s swimming and diving, men’s gymnastics, boxing, track and field,
roller hockey, and reports on various other sports. Live from Puerto Rico.
Monday, July 9 -- 11:30 PM - 11:45 PM
Pan American Games: Highlights of the day’s events, from Puerto Rico.
Tuesday, July 10 -- 11:30 PM - 11:45 PM
Pan American Games: Highlights of the day’s events, from Puerto Rico.
Wednesday, July 11 -- 11:30 PM - 11:45 PM
Pan American Games: Highlights of the day’s events, from Puerto Rico.
Thursday, July 12 -- 11:30 PM - 11:45 PM
Pan American Games: Highlights of the day’s events, from Puerto Rico.
Friday, July 13 -- 11:30 PM - 11:45 PM
Pan American Games: Highlights of the day’s events, from Puerto Rico.
Saturday, July 14 -- 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
CBS Sports Spectacular: ‘Pan American Games’--men’s and women’s
swimming and diving, track and field, boxing, men’s and women’s basketball,
gymnastics, weightlifting, roller figure skating, and reports of various
other events.
Sunday, July 15 -- 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Pan American Games: Among the events to be covered are track and field,
Grand Prix horse jumping, women’s gymnastics, boxing finals, super
heavyweight weightlifting, and men’s and women’s volleyball finals. Also reports
on baseball, water polo, soccer and tennis.

Here is a video in two parts on youtube from CBS final broadcast of the 1979 games:

Part 1

Part 2

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Thanks for this material, panam! Keep those coming.

I have small excerpts of the opening of San Juan 1979 which I got from FB long time ago. I'm tempted to post them one of these days in Youtube. Seems to had been a very colorful show though the parade of nations was very disorganized compared to the Caracas '83 one plus the infamous booing at Governor Barcelo for his pro-american stances.

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For the 1983 games, CBS aired all of it's coverage on weekend afternoons. These games also marked the first of three consecutive hosting assignments of Brent Musburger, whose memorable signature line was a very dramatically delivered intro: "You are looking live....". CBS endured numerous obstacles in the run up to the games, including missing video tape machines and mobile units, inexperienced technicians from several countries, a last minute disagreement with the host broadcaster that left CBS scrambling to add 5 more cameras to the 3 it planned to use at the opening ceremony, and more. In addition, when a large doping scandal broke out at the games, including the sudden departure of 12 American athletes to avoid drug testing, Musburger made special reports on the scandal during the CBS Morning News and CBS Evening News, as well as during the regularly scheduled coverage.
IXth PAN AMERICAN GAMES
Caracas
1983
CBS
Rights Fee: Just under $1,000,000
Hours: 15 1/2
Executive Producer: Terry O’Neil
Host: Brent Musburger
Opening Ceremonies: Brent Musburger
Reporters:
Gary Bender (Basketball)
Tim Ryan (Boxing)
Dick Stockton (Swimming)
John Tesh (Gymnastics and Athletics)
Pat O’Brien (Other Sports and Breaking Events)
John Dockery (Other Sports and Breaking Events)
Analysts:
Billy Packer (Basketball)
Gil Clancy (Boxing)
John Naber (Swimming)
Phil Boggs (Swimming)
Peter Kormann (Gymnastics)
Craig Masback (Athletics)
Sunday, August 14 -- 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Opening Ceremony
Saturday, August 20 -- 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Basketball, Swimming, Diving, Boxing, and Gymnastics.
Sunday, August 21 -- 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Basketball, Swimming, Diving, Boxing, and Gymnastics.
Saturday, August 27 -- 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Track and Field, Boxing, and Basketball.
Sunday, August 28 -- 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Boxing and Track and Field.
-- 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Boxing and Track and Field.

Here are some clips on youtube of CBS coverage of the 1983 Pan American Games:

Basketball - Men - USA vs. VEN

Basketball - Men - Gold Medal Match - USA vs. BRA

Gymnastics - Men's Team and Women's All-Around

Swimming - Men's 100m Backstroke

Boxing - Light Heavyweight (Evander Holyfield)

Judo - Women's 56kg final

Boxing - Pernell Whitaker vs. Angel Herrera

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Yeah. Our games were pretty much a hit and miss. While we were praised for the anti-doping control, we were also criticized for finishing venues at last second + all the criticism toward the dissapointing Pan American Village (many athletes opted to go to hotels instead). I think the games were mostly remembered for Michael Jordan performance at basketball.

Another weird fact was Sambo being introduced for the first and only time in the Pan Am Games, with the host country winning many of the gold medals (this was what kinda helped us end at the 5th place of the medal tally, tbh)

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CBS broadcast it's fourth consecutive Pan Am Games in 1987 and provided the host feed as well. Brent Musburger returned as host. I discovered the Pan Am Games through these telecasts and have loved the games ever since. This was the last time CBS would broadcast the games, I'm sorry to say, as they appeared to lose interest after winning the rights to the 1992 Winter Olympics. The Boxing matches in Indianapolis were what I remembered most over the years. They were raucous and crazy with bizarre judges decisions, hard fought bouts, and even 2 brawls between Cuban boxers and anti-Cuban demonstrators. (The most infamous featuring Cuban boxers charging into the stands to beat up demonstrators who had torn up a Cuban flag.) Brazil's upset of the USA in the Men's Basketball final was stunning and reminiscent of the "Miracle on Ice" at Lake Placid.
Xth PAN AMERICAN GAMES
Indianapolis 1987
CBS
Rights Fee: $4,000,000
Hours: 26
Production Crew: 100
Executive Producer: Ted Shaker
Host: Brent Musburger
Opening Ceremonies: Brent Musburger ?
Reporters:
Verne Lundquist (Basketball)
Tim Ryan (Boxing)
Tim Brant (Gymnastics)
Dick Stockton (Athletics)
Jim Nantz (Swimming and Diving)
John Dockery (Baseball)
Pat O’Brien (Roving Reporter)
Anne Butler (Roving Reporter)
James Brown (Roving Reporter)
Bob Drum (Features)
Ron Luciano (Guest Essayist)
John Cougar Mellancamp (Guest Essayist)
George Plimpton (Guest Essayist)
Linda Ellerbee (Guest Essayist)
Analysts:
Billy Packer (Basketball)
Gil Clancy (Boxing)
Saturday, August 8 -- 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Opening Ceremonies, live from Indianapolis Motor Speedway; preview of
competition in all major events.
Sunday, August 9 -- 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
USA vs. Panama in men’s basketball; first round of baseball; women’s
diving; men’s and women’s swimming; track and field, including women’s
heptathlon 100m dash.
Saturday, August 15 -- 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Boxing quarterfinals in three classes; women’s platform diving;
baseball; track and field, including men’s pole vault final.
Sunday, August 16 -- 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Men’s quarterfinal basketball; quarterfinal boxing in three classes;
men’s platform diving; men’s individual gymnastics final; women’s swimming
finals from previous evening; track and field, including finals in 10
events.
Saturday, August 22 -- 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Basketball semifinal games; boxing finals in five classes; women’s
all-around gymnastics final.
Sunday, August 23 -- 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Men’s gold medal basketball game; boxing finals in five classes;
women’s individual gymnastics final.

Here are clips on youtube of CBS coverage of the 1987 Pan Am Games:

Basketball - Men - USA vs. BRA

Athletics - Women - Long Jump Final

Boxing - Lennox Lewis vs. Jorge Gonzalez


Boxing - Kenneth Gould vs. Juan Lemus

Boxing - Nelson Adams vs. Pablo Ramos

Boxing - Kelcie Banks vs. Emilio Villegas

Gymnastics - Men's Team 1/1

Gymnastics - Men's AA 1/2

Gymnastics - Men's AA 2/2 and Women's AA 1/5

Gymnastics - Women's AA 2/5

Gymnastics - Women's AA 3/5
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiYsR0swGYM
Gymnastics - Women's AA 4/5
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn5wlIDQtUs
Gymnastics - Women's AA 5/5
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXmcvf2MP4c
Gymnastics - Women's EF 1/6
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmVp8MbKCOU
Gymnastics - Women's EF 2/6
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qx-DISo36is
Gymnastics - Women's EF 3/6
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=id4dxvLCzEo
Gymnastics - Women's EF 4/6
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JB69S3ePnEQ
Gymnastics - Women's EF 5/6
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhG9a_LnjJE
Gymnastics - Women's EF 6/6
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7ui5Mzj1ck

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In 1991, ABC sought the rights to the Pan Am Games in Havana.  The negotiations became bogged down in the U.S. embargo against Cuba which forbade direct payments to Cuba.  After a protracted negotiation with the U.S. Justice Department, ABC eventually inked a deal to broadcast the games.  (The fee was paid indirectly to avoid the embargo.  ABC partnered with Ted Turner's TNT cable channel for the Havana games.  TNT aired the prime time coverage with Ernie Johnson, Jr. as host, while Brent Musburger (who had been fired by CBS in March 1990) anchored ABC's weekend afternoon coverage.  This would be the last time the games were broadcast by a major broadcast network in the United States.  All coverage since has aired on cable or Spanish-language networks.

XIth PAN AMERICAN GAMES
Havana 1991
 
ABC
Rights Fee: ?
Hours: 22 (ABC) (Total Hours ABC/TNT/ TBS combined: 50 1/2)
Executive Producer: ?
Host: Brent Musburger
Reporters:
    Ron Thulin (Basketball)
    Mark Jones (Boxing)
    Gary Bender (Gymnastics)
    John Naber (Swimming)
    Bob Beattie (Volleyball)
    Jack Arute (Cycling, Tennis, Soccer, ?, and Features)
    ?
 
Analysts:
    Jim Valvano (Basketball)
    Cheryl Miller (Basketball)
    Alex Wallau (Boxing)
    Bart Connor (Gymnastics)
    Donna DeVarona (Swimming)
    Chris Marlowe (Volleyball)
    ?
 
TNT/TBS
Rights Fee: ?
Hours: 26 1/2 (TNT); 2 (TBS)
Executive Producer: ?
Host: Ernie Johnson, Jr.
Opening and Closing Ceremonies: Nick Charles (Nicole Watson, "sideline reporter")
Reporters:
    Craig Sager (Features)
    ?
Analysts:
    Hubie Brown (Basketball)
    ?
 
Friday, August 2        -- 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM (TNT)
    Pan American Games Scheduled: opening ceremonies and preview. From Havana, Cuba (Live).
Saturday, August 3  -- 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM (ABC)
    Pan American Games Scheduled: U.S. men’s basketball; men’s and women’s marathon. From  Havana, Cuba (Live).
            -- 9:50 PM - 10:50 PM (TBS)
    U.S. Olympic Gold: Pan Am Games Special Edition. (Live)
Sunday, August 4        -- 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (ABC)
    Pan American Games Scheduled: track & field (women’s high jump, men’s and women’s 100m); men’s and women’s basketball; diving; cycling; soccer;
women’s gymnastics; synchronized swimming. From Havana, Cuba (Live).
            -- 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (TNT)
    Pan American Games Scheduled: track & field; basketball; women’s diving; women’s gymnastics. From Havana, Cuba (Live).
Monday, August 5    -- 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM (TNT)
    Pan American Games Scheduled: men’s and women’s track & field; men’s and women’s basketball; men’s gymnastics; baseball; weightlifting. FromHavana, Cuba (Live).
Tuesday, August 6   -- 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM (TNT)
    Pan American Games Scheduled: men’s diving; women’s gymnastics; men’s and women’s  basketball; weightlifting; wrestling. From Havana, Cuba.
Wednesday, August 7 -- 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM (TNT)
    Pan American Games Scheduled: men’s and women’s track & field; men’s and women’s basketball; women’s diving; boxing; cycling; weightlifting.
From Havana, Cuba (Live).
Thursday, August 8  -- 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM (TNT)
    Pan American Games Scheduled: track & field; men’s and women’s basketball; baseball; boxing; men’s gymnastics; weightlifting. From Havana, Cuba (Live).
Friday, August 9        -- 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM (TNT)
    Pan American Games Scheduled: boxing; basketball; women’s gymnastics; cycling; men’s and women’s tennis. From Havana, Cuba (Live).
Saturday, August 10 -- 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM (ABC)
    Pan American Games Scheduled: track & field; basketball; baseball; boxing; diving; cycling; gymnastics; synchronized swimming; softball; table tennis; wrestling. From Havana, Cuba (Live).
            -- 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ABC)
    Wide World of Sports Scheduled: Pan American Games from Havana, Cuba. (Highlights of Week 1); report on the Pacific Classic horse race from Del Mar, Calif. (Live).
            -- 9:50 PM - 10:50 PM (TBS)
    U.S. Olympic Gold: Pan Am Games Special Edition (Live).
Sunday, August 11   -- 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM (ABC)
    Pan American Games Scheduled: track & field; basketball; baseball; boxing; diving; cycling; gymnastics; volleyball; water polo; softball; table tennis; wrestling.
From Havana, Cuba (Live).
            -- 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (TNT)
    Pan American Games Scheduled: track & field; basketball; boxing; women’s diving; swimming;  volleyball; cycling; wrestling. From Havana, Cuba (Live).
Monday, August 12   -- 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM (TNT)
    Pan American Games Scheduled: baseball; basketball; boxing; swimming; volleyball. From Havana, Cuba (Live).
Tuesday, August 13  -- 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM (TNT)
    Pan American Games Scheduled: baseball; basketball; boxing; swimming; volleyball. From Havana. Cuba (Live).
Wednesday, August 14    -- 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM (TNT)
    Pan American Games Scheduled: boxing semifinals; volleyball; soccer semifinals; tennis. From Havana, Cuba (Live).
Thursday, August 15 -- 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM (TNT)
    Pan American Games Scheduled: basketball; swimming; volleyball semifinals; tennis semifinals. From Havana, Cuba (Live).
Friday, August 16   -- 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM (TNT)
    Pan American Games Scheduled: baseball semifinals; basketball; swimming; soccer finals; tennis  finals. From Havana, Cuba (Live).
Saturday, August 17 -- 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM (ABC)
    Pan American Games Scheduled: women’s basketball; men’s and women’s swimming; volleyball; rhythmic gymnastics; boxing. From Havana, Cuba (Live).
            -- 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ABC)
    Wide World of Sports Scheduled: Pan American Games from Havana, Cuba (Highlights of Week 2); Travers Stakes from Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Live).
Sunday, August 18   -- 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM (ABC)
    Pan American Games Scheduled: basketball finals; volleyball finals; rhythmic gymnastics; boxing finals. From Havana, Cuba (Live).
            -- 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM (TNT)
    Pan American Games Scheduled: closing ceremonies and review. From Havana, Cuba (Live).
 
Here are some clips on youtube from ABC/TNT's coverage of the 1991 Havana Pan Am Games:

Gymnastics - Men and Women

Gymnastics - Women's Team - Part 1

Gymnastics - Women's Team - Part 2

Gymnastics - Women's Team - Part 3

Gymnastics - Women's Team - Part 4

Athletics - Men's 110m Hurdles Final

Basketball - Women - USA vs. Cuba (2nd half)

Swimming - Men's 100m Breaststroke Final

Wrestling - Gold Medal - 62kg
 

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Gymnastics at the 1991 Pan American Games were held at the Alejandro Urgelles Hall in Santiago de Cuba, on commentary was Gary Bender, who was also joined by 1984 Olympic Gymnastics Medallists Kathy Johnson and Bart Conner.

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