In the exclusive behind the scenes look, sports fans can unlock the fascinating history of the channel that changed the way people watch and interact with their favorite teams.
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.
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.
Definitely a book for sports fans, it almost works better in today’s day and age where you can take breaks to pull up YouTube clips of the major sporting events or articles that they reference in sections of the book. However, I found the beginning far more Interesting than the end. Somewhat lulls in the last 50 to 100 pages. But overall, it’s a must read for any sports fan that has grown up fascinated by ESPN and their anchors
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!