Saturday, May 28, 2011

Book Mark: Excerpt from "Those Guys Have All the Fun"

A book heavily anticipated by people other than me (books about sports are not high on the reading list), Those Guys Have all the Fun seems to have lived up to the hype. I found an excerpt online from GQ that provides a very brief picture of what the rest of the 700+ page oral history is like and I admit to being interested. Not enough to buy it but maybe pick it up from the library in a couple years.

Check out Those Guys Have All the Fun and see if it is going to hit your bookshelf.

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,the internet, 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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