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 five hundred 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.
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"This lengthy history of ESPN, which has only existed since 1978, will be as addictive to listeners as the 24-hour network is to sports junkies. James Miller, Matt McCarthy, and Joan Baker alternate delivering the memories of virtually every person who has helped make ESPN the force it is. This troika provides excellent changes of pace and prevents the various speakers from sounding alike. ESPN fans will love hearing all the inside stories, told with emotion and candor, and will savor the book as much as they enjoy a sudden-death playoff. D.J.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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