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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,902 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Andrew Miller, Tom Shales Narrator: James Andrew Miller, Joan Baker, Matt McCarth Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • “Those Guys Have All the Fun is a de rigueur read for sports fans who wonder how a fired hockey announcer used a $9,000 credit card advance to start a broadcasting empire that changed what we think about sports and how we view them.”

    Denver Post

  • “Packed with entertaining stories of unpleasant people and awful behavior…[Those Guys Have All the Fun is] offers a nuanced look at ESPN, does some top-notch TV-biz reporting on the early days of the cable industry, and offers compelling behind-the-scenes stories…[It is] a serious, impressive piece of work.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “This treat for sports fans has a cast of characters that is huge and varied.”

    New York Times

  • “A rollicking glimpse behind the guys and gals who sport around at ESPN, America’s sports church. Amen.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “As highly anticipated by sports junkies as a Chicago Cubs championship, [Those Guys Have All the Fun] provides painstaking details on how a nutty idea concocted by a father-son team developed into a brand worth more than the NHL, MLB, and NBA combined…Shales and Miller manage to create a page-turning document about the ultimate dysfunctional workplace.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “Fascinating and compulsively readable.

    Wall Street Journal

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeromey | 2/19/2014

    " Read the first half of the book, which solidly chronicles the first years of ESPN. After about 1995 it gets a little fuzzy in terms of what's covered and what's overlooked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Scott Martin | 2/9/2014

    " This book offers a series of first-hand accounts of how an early cable TV network grew into the mega-sports enterprise that ESPN is today. The book follows the 1st 30 years of the sports program, speaking with key players at all levels. Interestingly enough, the key stories do not so much center on sporting events, at least in the early years. At the beginning, it was a power struggle between individuals with dreams, egos, and access to money. The book can take on a bit of a gossipy feel, but with the book composed almost completely of 1st person interviews, it could be expected. It is not meant as condoning or condemning ESPN, but the multitude of perspectives and the point/counterpoint of various events/situations, etc make it a good read for those of us who grew up watching ESPN and the evolution of the network. It also didn't hurt that I got it at half-price at Target (and this was within the 1st couple of weeks after release). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rob | 2/6/2014

    " Simple, but strangely addictive. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Melissa | 1/16/2014

    " Not what I was expecting. It's an industry book, about the business side. After about 250 (of 700+!) pages I gave up and just started skimming for interesting parts. Some well thought out material on the meaning of race in sports and the meaning of gender in sports journalism. Only 6 piddly pages on GameDay! Apparently everyone and their brother was interviewed for this book, up to and including Obama. "

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