It began, in 1979, as a mad idea of starting a cable channel to televise local sporting events throughout the state of Connecticut. Today, ESPN is arguably the most successful network in modern television history, spanning eight channels in the Unites States and around the world. But the inside story of its rise has never been fully told-until now.
Drawing upon over 500 interviews with the greatest names in ESPN's history and an All-Star collection of some of the world's finest athletes, bestselling authors James Miller and Tom Shales take us behind the cameras. Now, in their own words, the men and women who made ESPN great reveal the secrets behind its success-as well as the many scandals, rivalries, off-screen battles and triumphs that have accompanied that ascent. From the unknown producers and business visionaries to the most famous faces on television, it's all here.
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Although the story is a bit lengthy, this is a great sports read for anyone who is interested in the foundation of the greatest sports network on the planet. There are some fascinating stories from executives, anchors and athletes that I will never forget.
Two thumbs up!
I enjoyed the book greatly as a huge sports fan. If you are a fan of the Dan Patrick show this is a must read. I think the flow of the book could have certainly been organized better. There were some major changes of topics with little to no Segway. That would be my only criticism. The quotes in general were organized well, especially when directly conflicting opinions or recollection of stories and events would be listed one after the other. A must read for a sports fan and even more so if you ate interested in the business and career aspect of sports journalism and entertainment.
Who would have thought the history of a simple cable channel could be so interesting? The narrative flow of this book makes you feel like you've been a part of ESPN since its inception! I can't wait for volume two 25 years from now!! Roll on ESPN!