By Ben Bowers
on 5.11.11

After spending at least 10 hours a week across the sports media titan’s various TV channels, websites, mobile apps, and maybe even the magazine, you might assume you know what ESPN is all about. A quick read through Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN ($15) proves otherwise.

Starting with the network’s birth in 1979 covering backwater sports like rodeo’s and creating a cut and paste clip fest called Sports Center, the book sets the stage for an ego-fueled tale of triumph. Its real hook though comes from the frank stories shared by ESPN veterans like Chris Berman, Robin Roberts, Keith Olbermann, Hannah Storm, Bill Simmons, Tony Kornheiser, Stuart Scott, Erin Andrews, Mike Ditka, Bob Knight and many more. Touching on everything from scandals, and ugly inter-office rivalries to gambling addictions and hushed-up suspensions, they put ESPN’s current “insider” offerings to shame. It’ll also keep you entertained during the Swami’s next plug for the CFL. Available for pre-order now, the real-deal ships on May 24th.

Buy Now: $15

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