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  • July 14th, 2011

    Book Review: Those Guys Have All the Fun:
    Inside the World of ESPN by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales.

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:37 pm in Baseball,Book Reviews Comments (5)

    The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, or, as it’s more commonly known, ESPN, has been around for as long as I remember.

    24 hours of sporting events, news about sports, info about the people who play, know and love sports–over 65 different sports, in 250+ countries, has a ubiquitous place in pop culture and every day life…

    And let’s not forget the many ESPN spin offs, including : ESPN Radio in 1992, ESPN2 in 1993, ESPNews in 1996, ESPN Classic in 1997, ESPNHD in 2003, ESPNU (Collegiate Sports focus) in 2005, and ESPN 3D last year…

    And no, ESPN8–the Ocho, does not exist…Yet…

    But nearly 32 years ago, people thought they were nuts. “They” being Bill and Scott Rasmussen, the father and son team who thought up ESPN, who thought that there was room in this world for a 24-hour national sports network, and that this is something people would watch…And on September 7, 1979, ESPN was born…

    Written by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales, Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN, is a mammoth tome of 763 pages, including 8 pages of black and white pages. When it first came in the mail, I thought: “Holy…Buckets–this freakishly huge book is going to take me forever to read!” Until I opened it…

    And I was hooked. Pages upon pages upon pages of stories, anecdotes, and memories from the people who were there at the beginning, and who have been there along the way. And this isn’t your grandfather’s history book.  Written in the oral memory format by taking interview of over 500 people and condensing them into a riveting and cohesive story, Those Guys Have All the Fun weaves the story of the World’s 1st 24-hour national sports network–the good, the bad, and the ugly…

    I cannot even imagine how difficult it was to absorb this massive amount of information, organize it, and then have it flow as beautifully as this book does…

    Contributors include: Keith Olberman, Peter Gammons, Bob Ryan, Joe Theismann, Howard Katz, Erin Andrews, and many, MANY more. Yes, its a large book, yes, it will take you a while to read, but the STORY of ESPN and how sports as we know it was changed forever is well worth the time…

    Available at Amazon.com, and where all of your favorite books are sold, Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN, by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales, is a must read for any and all sports fans…Check it out!

    5 Responses to “Book Review: Those Guys Have All the Fun:
    Inside the World of ESPN by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales.”

    1. WilliaminMaine says:

      I too enjoyed the book very much. My only disappointment was the pictures. There should have been many more.

    2. Christine E. says:

      Thanks for you comments, William. You’re right, a volume that size should have had more pictures..:-)

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