Basketball, the memory of Franco Lauro
Basketball, the memory of Franco Lauro. On 04/14/2020 Franco Lauro left us at the age of only 58, caught by a sudden illness (probably heart attack) at his home in Rome. To fill the lack of funerals due to the pandemic COVID-19, his body was cremated. He is resting in his father’s alcove Prima Porta Flaminian Cemetery.
A passionate football and basketball expert, expert on the transfer market, he has been the protagonist of numerous comments. And in recent years he has been a conductor and deepening of sports news Rai. He annotated 8 Summer Olympics and one Winter (Turin 2006), 6 editions of the Football World Cup and as many European Championships, 12 European Basketball Championships, 3 Basketball World Championships.
Basketball, the memory of Franco Lauro: the memory of Rai
Auro Bulbarelli, director of sports, Franco Lauro remembers it this way: “He was 58 years old, over 30 of them in Rai, but with the enthusiasm of a newcomer. I never saw him melancholy, he never protested whatever I offered him, he liked to put himself to the test. An exemplary colleague, I say it with great sincerity, elegant, who really loved this job.”
At the time of his disappearance, Rai issued an emotional communiqué that we report in detail three years later: “Rai expresses his deepest condolences for the untimely death of Franco Lauro. A versatile journalist passionate about his work, he has been the voice of basketball and the face of the sport of Rai for years. With his death, the world of sports journalism has lost an exemplary professional and a person of great sensitivity and kindness.
Basketball, the memory of Franco Lauro: his career at the beginning
Born in Rome but originally from Irpinia, Before being hired by Rai, he started working in some local newspapers and private radio stations in Rome. specializes in the transfer market. His first television appearance was in 1981 on a local station. It was for two years speaker officer of Palace of Sports From Rome.
In the 1982/83 competitive season he was responsible for broadcasting the broadcast of the Serie A football championship Rome and Lazio from the 1st minuteaired teleregion. In early 1984 he moved to Rai where he commentated on 8 Summer Olympics and 1 Winter Olympics, 6 World Cups and as many European Football Championships.
And again: 12 European Championships and 3 Basketball World Championships, the 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle, various editions of the Mediterranean Games and the Universiade. From 1988 to 1991 he hosted the evening edition of Tg2, which coincided with various general strikes by journalists.
Basketball, the memory of Franco Lauro: professional affirmation
The year 1995 commemorates the historic performance of the women’s national basketball team coached by Riccardo Sales and silver medalist at the European Championships in Brno, who, on the occasion of the terrorist attack on the Atlanta Olympic Games (1996), stayed in the studio for 32 hours almost continuously to himself to take care of all connections to networks and news broadcasts.
In 1998 he commentated on the final of the Serie A1 championship between Virtus and Fortune Bologna, which lasted five races and was only decided in favor of the black Vs in overtime. Covers the Azzurri European Champion’s matches with Bogdan Tanjevic (1999).
In 2003 he directs the 50th anniversary edition of Sunday Sporty and in the following year Sprints on Sundaywhile he directs from 2005 to 2008 90 minutes for Series B on Rai 3. In February 2006 he managed the links to the Torino 2006 tender pages from the studio.
He hosted the Serie A edition from 2008 to 2014 90 minutes on Rai 2 and in June and July 2010 World Cup Dribbling in the same network. During the same period of 2012 as 2008, he hosts the Rai pre- and post-game broadcasts of the 2012 European Championship and the program Europa Stadium. From 2016-2017 to February 2020, he will direct the pre- and post-match matches of the Italian Cup.