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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2011 Tom Shales, James Andrew Miller (P)2011 Hachette
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4 out of 5 stars
By steve on 10-20-11

Insightful but....

Overall, I really liked this listen and found it to be very insightful. Loved hearing about the behind the scenes stuff but then again, I thought the book jumped around too much and I didn't care for the narrators either. At the very least, they could have just gotten the ESPN personalities to read their own quotes. That would have made this book much much better.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Gregg Bernstein on 08-10-12

A Compelling Story Made Less So by the Narration

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

While the narrator who covered the male contributors did a fine job, the gentleman who framed the segments sounded mush-mouthed and hurried. More, the female narrator was far too dramatic in relation to the content of the book. Her breathless and over-emotional reading seemed cut from a different book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-09-16

Great story - on business and entertainment

A no holds barred view of life in ESPN. Great for understanding the birth of a business and learning about strategy.

As a bonus you learn about the fascinating personalities behind the scenes of the worldwide leader.

All well told with beautiful on the ears narration. Highly recommended.

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