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Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN

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James Andrew Miller, Joan Baker, Matt Mccarthy

27 Hours 59 Minutes

Hachette Book Group USA

May 2011

Audio Book Summary

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.

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  • Ben Allman

    A fascinating tale of a little idea snow balling into arguably one of the most influential, cultural phenomenons that is the modern day news and entertainment network. Knowing the personalities helps to track the audio a long the way as well as Mr. Miller's spectacular ability to insert his descriptions of the events and pivotal turning points in the story. This is an outstanding listen if you enjoy the oral history format of nonfiction. I had a hard time pushing pause, usually only doing so when my ears became irritated with the buds that had been stuffed in them for several hours.

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  • Anonymous

    Way too long audio that proves everyone's theory that ESPN is so full of itself. Most of these characters prove themselves to be self absorbed jerks.

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