Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Book 89: Those Guys Have All The Fun

Barnes and Noble's Description:

Written by: James Andrew Miller


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.

My Thoughts: The history of ESPN. Being a sports lover myself I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting to see how something such as ESPN started as just an idea and grew into what it is today. Though I thought the book was long at times the way it is broken up into different perspectives made it flow better. I will be reading this again at some point because I found it to be a very interesting read. 

My Grade: A-

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