Ebersol refuses to provide any real insight about the bigwigs he's befriended. Controversial figures like Daniel Stern, Don Ohlmeyer, Jeff Zucker and Robert Kraft all come across like saints. Michael Phelps gets so much love you'll want to give him another gold medal. The only darts he throws are at NBCUniversal chairman Steve Burke, who nudged Ebersol out of his lofty position — and the tips are pretty dull ... Ebersol is just as easy on himself. If he has any shortcomings, he's keeping them to himself. The only time Ebersol departs from celebrating his success and famous pals is when he talks about the plane crash that took the life of his son, Teddy. But he quickly moves on from bereaved parent and back to head cheerleader ... Those fascinated with how great television is made will enjoy the backstage access. Just don't expect to learn much about the masterminds pulling the strings.
... thoroughly entertaining ... Ebersol has plenty of stories, full of familiar names in sports and media. He weaves in lighthearted anecdotes of youthful exploits with scenes of raising his family, the vicissitudes of a long career, and tragic moments ... Ebersol’s thoughtful account transcends a simple “best of” entertainment biz highlights reel. Told with grace and heart, this is an exhilarating outing for any sports fan
The author entertainingly recounts inside stories about working in this fast-paced environment, especially as the business of televising live sporting events was rapidly building into a lucrative, global enterprise ... The author is an amiable storyteller, and he shares lively insights into the negotiations and personal dynamics that helped shape the many blockbuster business deals that transpired throughout his career ... Along the way, he offers numerous sketches of a nice variety of larger-than-life personalities that crossed his path ... Engaging insights into the business of televising live events, with special appeal for sports enthusiasts.