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Marv Sugarman, syndie TV pioneer, who helped get beloved baby boomer daytime show “Captain Kangaroo” on the air and was instrumental in spearheading “CBS Sports Spectacular” as well as financing successful cyberbiz endeavors, died July 20 at his home in Roslyn Heights, New York. He was 87.

“Kangaroo” went on to become one of the most long-running and acclaimed shows in TV history, predating the phenom success of “Sesame Street.” He helped convince CBS to greenlight the Bob Keeshan starrer and helped bring components of the show together.

Sugarman and his MHS Prods. also produced for “CBS Sports Spectacular” for 20 years.

During the Cold War, Sugarman producing track and field meets in Russia, Cuba and other Iron Curtain. “It’s my little bit for world peace,” family remembers him saying.

He also hired athletes as commentators including some of the first black athletes to staff a broadcast booth.

In addition he was a pioneer in the sports highlight shows, such as “College Football ’68” for ABC by pulling together films of games from the Big Ten, Pac Eight and other major conferences during the era when the NCAA allowed only one televised football game per week.

He also helped spur syndication by selling his weekly show “Bowling Champions,” which aired for seven years.

Later, when the American Basketball Assn. was created, he helped get the league on the air, cobbling together a network that cleared 85% of the U.S. and the ABA’s lead producer or one of its leads from its inception until its merging with the NBA.

He also spearheaded coverage of women’s tennis and for two years produced telecasts of the Virginia Slims tour. Similarly he produced for the North American Soccer League.

In 1974 the newly created Off Track Betting Corp. turned to Sugarman to produce “Racing From Roosevelt” (in Yonkers, N.Y.) and “Racing From Aqueduct” (Belmont). In the early days of cable television, Sugarman used New York independent superstation WOR-TV to beam the racing shows across the United States.

During the last nine or 10 years, he was active in satellite transmission for simulcasts related to sports and off-track betting.

His Marvin Sugarman Prods. was bought out by Autotote, which continues today as Scientific Games Corp. He continued to work with the company after the purchase.

Sugarman also financed the creation of “Beyond Cyberpunk!” 1991 HyperCard e-book on sci-fi and pre-World Wide Web cybercultre that his son Peter helped foster.

Survivors include wife Ronnie (who cued him in on Keeshan, who was doing local kids TV at the time); two sons, Peter (who worked with him eight years and who co-founded Street Tech cyber review Web site) and Gary, now a counselor; a daughter, Donna (a toymaker); grandchildren; and two brothers, writer-artist Tracy and playwright-teacher Robert.