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Legendary Sportscaster Jim Gray On Talking To GOATs

In this endlessly entertaining episode Dr. Phil truly Phil’s in the blanks. Legendary broadcaster Jim Gray reveals fascinating truths behind the biggest names in sports history: Muhammed Ali, Pete Rose, Tiger Woods, Mike Tyson, Barry Bonds- whenever something important happened Jim Gray was there, and now he’s sharing the stories behind the stories that made sports history in his book “Talking To GOATs”. Who is the real Mike Tyson? What was Tiger Woods like as a boy? What’s it like to interview the greatest boxer who ever lived at 18 years old? What’s it like for an athlete to touch perfection? You don’t know sports history unless you know Jim Gray!


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About Jim Gray

Twelve-time Emmy Award-winner Jim Gray is a legendary figure in sports broadcasting. He has been trusted by countless iconic athletes to tell their stories—of both triumph and disgrace— and Gray has had unprecedented access to the biggest names, events, and moments in the last four decades of sports.

Gray was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Class of 2018.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Class of 2020, honored Gray with the Curt Gowdy Media Award.

Inside Talking To GOATs

In Talking to GOATs, Emmy award-winning Hall of Fame broadcaster Jim Gray looks back at his four decades of sports reporting from the unparalleled perspective of one of the world’s most respected and skilled interviewers. A journalist who many iconic athletes have trusted to tell their stories (of both triumph and disgrace), Jim has had unprecedented access to the people, places and extraordinary events in the world of sports. Asking tough but fair questions, he has broken numerous stories, and landed squarely in the middle of others, from the Ben Johnson and Barry Bonds steroid scandals, to Michael Jordan’s surprise retirement, to the off-the-court Kobe/Shaq feud which led to their on-the-court break up, to being part of the live broadcast for twenty-two Super Bowls. He’s climbed into the ring to interview Mike Tyson after he bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear, and stood next to Ron Artest when the “Malice at the Palace” melee erupted, and was on site at the bombing of the Atlanta Olympics.

Anyone who has watched Jim effortlessly engage his subjects at the precise moment of triumph or tragedy has little idea what it takes to secure the interview, or what actually happens when the camera cuts away. These are real, mesmerizing, and previously untold stories. Talking to GOATs features numerous world-class athletes, including Muhammad Ali, Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Floyd Mayweather, Michael Phelps, Mike Tyson and Tiger Woods, and world leaders including the last nine United States presidents, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, and many more. On each page, Jim gives the reader a coveted all-access pass as he reviews the best interviews, the best athletes, and the best games in modern sports history. It’s like a personal introduction to the characters and careers of these heroes and villains we’ve known since childhood. He examines how money, celebrity, the media, and power interact, and how sports, more than any other institution, has led to momentous transformations in American society. The audio version of the book is narrated by Jim and includes guest appearances by Vin Scully, Bob Costas, Tom Brady, Snoop Dogg, and Carol Burnett.


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