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ESPN: The Uncensored History
     

ESPN: The Uncensored History

by Michael Freeman
 

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ESPN: The Uncensored History traces the first 24-hour sports network from its inception through its evolution into a slick media outlet reaching more than 60 million homes via more than 26,000 cable providers. Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, ESPN, has blazed a stunning path of achievement with its expansive coverage of broadcast

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ESPN: The Uncensored History traces the first 24-hour sports network from its inception through its evolution into a slick media outlet reaching more than 60 million homes via more than 26,000 cable providers. Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, ESPN, has blazed a stunning path of achievement with its expansive coverage of broadcast sports—spinning off into ESPN2, ESPN Classic Sports, ESPNews, and ESPN Magazine—but has also experienced its share of controversy. Along the way, this American entrepreneurial triumph has alienated on-air talent, drawn charges of racial discrimination, and seen employees accused of blatant sexual harassment. ESPN's success story is no fairy tale. Among the colorful lore and amusing anecdotes lurk serious complications and controversies. Through information gleaned from internal documents, police and court records, and interviews with network employees, on-air talent, producers, and executives, ESPN: The Uncensored History probes the inside story of America's premiere sports network. Part corporate history, part media and cultural analysis, and part expose, the book examines both the positive developments effected by the network and the bad habits it has picked up from the business it covers. This paperback reveals the most recent developments at ESPN since the publication of the hardback, including the network's aggressive reactions to the book.

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Library Journal
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 Cahners Business Information.\
Sports Illustrated
The tale of ESPN's rise digs deeply...into behind-the-scenes shenanigans...
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
...powerful and entertaining.
Book Page
...a fascinating new book...might make you watch ESPN in a whole new way.
American Way
Michael Freeman tells the story with the same urgency and breathlessness that ESPN brings to its coverage of sports.... a dazzling American success story ....
Sports Collectors Digest
Michael Freeman provides the first book of critical analysis of the original and largest sports network.
Baltimore Sun
Freeman, a skilled and concise writer, does an exceptional job of telling the entire story—warts and all ....
Orlando Sentinel
This story would make a terrific Outside the Lines. Yet ESPN's investigative series ... wouldn't touch the material ... with a 10-foot TelePrompTer.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Michael Freeman has captured the essence of the freewheeling, 24-hour cable network that pioneered not just sports television, but the cable industry itself.
Tampa Tribune
... give[s] the reader a real insight to the early days at ESPN.
Chicago Sun-Times
... stunning ... fascinating ....
Gadflyonline.Com
This is a must-read for ESPN and sports fans alike.
Library Bookwatch
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.
New York Daily News
Network stoolies are buzzing about a...book on ESPN by New York Times sports writer Mike Freeman...sounds real juicy
Philadelphia Daily News
Give Freeman points for diligent research [and] for his no-nonsense history of how the all-sports network evolved.
Daytona News-Journal
... compelling subject matter for any sports fan.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878332397
Publisher:
Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date:
04/01/2000
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.52(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.14(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Freeman is a sportswriter with The New York Times and has held several positions as a reporter at The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and The Dallas Morning News. He currently covers the National Football League. Freeman was named "Sports Journalist of the Year" in 2000 by The Village Voice. He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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