New York Times sportswriter Freeman has delivered exactly what the title promises: an uncensored history of a media phenomenon of the cable TV era, ESPN. When ESPN was formed 20 years ago, television sports reporting was limited to snippets on local newscasts. ESPN changed that and, in so doing, also changed the way sports was covered, society's viewing habits, and sports itself. Freeman traces the history of the all-sports network from its inception as the brainchild of Bill Rasmussen to its status today as a part of the Disney media group, reaching over 60 million homes. This is really less a sports book than a warts-and-all examination of a media giant. Despite the obstacles placed in Freeman's path, the whole story is here--the struggles between management and its on-air personalities, the anchors' conflicts with one another, and the sexual harassment complaints, racial discrimination allegations, and employee drug and gambling problems that have long plagued the network. Freeman uses network documents, court records, and (often anonymous) interviews with past and current employees to make this a compelling read. Highly recommended for all libraries.
-William Scheeren, Hempfield Area H.S. Lib., Greensburg, PA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This is a must-read for ESPN and sports fans alike. (Gadflyonline.Com)
The tale of ESPN's rise digs deeply...into behind-the-scenes shenanigans... (Sports Illustrated)
...powerful and entertaining. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Extensively researched, ESPN: The Uncensored History presents a fascinating, candid, revealing story in clear, unambiguous, and highly evocative language. A singularly memorable and compelling 'tell-all' book, ESPN: The Uncensored History is strongly recommended reading for all sports buffs. (Library Bookwatch)
Network stoolies are buzzing about a...book on ESPN by New York Times sports writer Mike Freeman...sounds real juicy (New York Daily News)
...a fascinating new book...might make you watch ESPN in a whole new way. (Book Page)
Michael Freeman tells the story with the same urgency and breathlessness that ESPN brings to its coverage of sports.... a dazzling American success story .... (American Way)
Freeman uses network documents, court records, and (often anonymous) interviews with past and current employees to make this a compelling read. Highly recommended. (Library Journal)
After reading this explosive book it's hard to believe that a network owned by the squeaky-clean Disney Corporation could allow the sexual hijinks that go on at ESPN to escape their corporate scrutiny. A devastating read. (Publishers Weekly)
Michael Freeman provides the first book of critical analysis of the original and largest sports network. (Sports Collectors Digest)
Give Freeman points for diligent research [and] for his no-nonsense history of how the all-sports network evolved. (Philadelphia Daily News)
... compelling subject matter for any sports fan. (Daytona News-Journal)
Freeman, a skilled and concise writer, does an exceptional job of telling the entire story―warts and all .... (Baltimore Sun)
... sizzling expose ... truly shocking. (Publishers Weekly)
This story would make a terrific Outside the Lines. Yet ESPN's investigative series ... wouldn't touch the material ... with a 10-foot TelePrompTer. (Orlando Sentinel)
Michael Freeman has captured the essence of the freewheeling, 24-hour cable network that pioneered not just sports television, but the cable industry itself. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
... give[s] the reader a real insight to the early days at ESPN. (Tampa Tribune)
... stunning ... fascinating .... (Chicago Sun-Times)
I did find it got a bit boring in the middle and it started to drift along. That said I did find it interesting to see how it was started, how soon the original founders were... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mike Heath
Definitely worth a read if your a fan of the network. The birth of espn was truly amazing and if you don't know the story it's worth learning aboutPublished 7 months ago by tgperkins
Interesting look into the history of the network. If you are a fan of the network you will enjoy the read.Published 10 months ago by Gary Killough
Very informative. In some places the book becomes a little tiresome covering the same subjects again and again. Overall a pretty good read.Published 23 months ago by Charles Cooper
it was interesting enough to learn the history, but I really didn't get anything out of it except that mike turico is a piece of garbage as is bill pidto.Published on August 5, 2013 by Amazon Customer
When Keith Olbermann is the most well-behaved employee, you might have a problem. And did ESPN ever have problems in the 1980s and 1990s. Read morePublished on January 16, 2012 by ReaderinReno
Like millions of americans, I love ESPN. While I wait for Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN to come down in price, I dived into this book looking for some... Read morePublished on June 3, 2011 by Francis J. McCabe Jr.
Somewhat entertaining book by giving the history of ESPN. The book didn't try to slam the network. There certainly is plenty of ammmo to do so if someone wanted to. Read morePublished on April 5, 2011 by fmc651
Highly recommended for sports fans and those interested in contemporary American culture. Good stuff.
This one is well worth the time. Read more