Those Guys Have All the Fun

Those Guys Have All the Fun

Inside the World of ESPN

By James Andrew Miller; Tom Shales

Back Bay Books, Paperback, 9780316043014, 800pp.

Publication Date: December 2011

It began, in 1979, as a mad idea of starting a cable channel to televise local sporting events throughout the state of Connecticut. Today, ESPN is arguably the most successful network in modern television history, spanning eight channels in the Unites States and around the world. But the inside story of its rise has never been fully told-until now. Drawing upon over 500 interviews with the greatest names in ESPN's history and an All-Star collection of some of the world's finest athletes, bestselling authors James Miller and Tom Shales take us behind the cameras. Now, in their own words, the men and women who made ESPN great reveal the secrets behind its success-as well as the many scandals, rivalries, off-screen battles and triumphs that have accompanied that ascent. From the unknown producers and business visionaries to the most famous faces on television, it's all here.

About the Author
James Andrew Miller is the author ofRunning in Place and coauthor of the national bestseller Live from New York.He has written forthe New York Times, Life, Newsweek, and other publications, and he was executive producer of two prime-time television series. In fact, he has worked in virtually all aspects of journalism and on the entertainment side of television production and development for more than twenty years.

Tom Shales served as TV critic of "The Washington Post" for twenty-five years, winning the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1989. Shales also spent two decades reviewing movies for NPR s Morning Edition and is the coauthor of two bestsellers: "Live from New York" and "Those Guys Have All the Fun".