Those Guys Have All the Fun

Those Guys Have All the Fun

Inside the World of ESPN

By James Andrew Miller; Tom Shales

Little Brown and Company, Hardcover, Large Print, 9780316178105, 1246pp.

Publication Date: June 29, 2011

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.

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".