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Author: George Bodenheimer, Donald T. Phillips Narrator: George Bodenheimer Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9781478903710
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ESPN’s rise is one of the most remarkable stories about business and sports in our time, and nobody can tell it better than George Bodenheimer.

It may be hard to believe, but not long ago, getting sports updates was difficult and frustrating. ESPN changed everything.

George Bodenheimer knows. Initially hired to work in the mailroom, one of Bodenheimer’s first jobs was to pick up sportscaster Dick Vitale at the Hartford airport and drive him to ESPN’s main campus—a couple of trailers in a dirt parking lot. But as ESPN grew, so did George’s status in the company. In fact, Bodenheimer played a major part in making ESPN a daily presence not just in the United States, but all over the world.

In this business leadership memoir—written with bestselling author Donald T. Phillips—Bodenheimer lays out ESPN’s meteoric rise. Every Town Is a Sports Town is a book for business readers and sports fans alike.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Any sports lover is bound to have some pressing questions about ESPN, the colossus of sports media. George Bodenheimer, who headed ESPN from 1998 to 2011, answers more than a few of them in Every Town Is a Sport Town, his lively history of the company.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Since its modest launch in 1979, ESPN has changed nearly everything about sports…No one knows more about its miraculous growth than George Bodenheimer, who himself rose at the network from a mail-room clerk its longest serving CEO. Every Town Is a Sports Town is a business history, but it’s also an insider’s fascinating history of how one upstart enterprise changed the face of sports.”


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About the Author

George Bodenheimer is an ESPN and cable industry pioneer and was the company’s longest-tenured president, a position he held from 1998–2011, overseeing all multimedia sports assets of the Walt Disney Company from 2003–2011 and serving as cochairman, Disney Media Networks from 2004–2011. He served as Executive Chairman of ESPN, Inc., from 2012–2014. Bodenheimer graduated from Denison University with a degree in economics. He is married with three children.