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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

ESPN began as an outrageous gamble with a lineup that included Australian Rules Football, rodeo, and a rinky-dinky clip show called Sports Center. Today the empire stretches far beyond television into radio, magazines, mobile phones, restaurants, video games and more, while ESPN's personalities have become global superstars to rival the sports icons they cover.

Chris Berman, Robin Roberts, Keith Olbermann, Hannah Storm, Bill Simmons, Tony Kornheiser, Stuart Scott, Erin Andrews, Mike Ditka, Bob Knight, and scores of others speak openly about the games, shows, scandals, gambling addictions, bitter rivalries, and sudden suspensions that make up the network's soaring and stormy history. The result is a wild, smart, effervescent story of triumph, genius, ego, and the rise of an empire unlike any television had ever seen.

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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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