OK, sports fans. In this time of lockouts, team bankruptcies and criminal sports stars, here's some good news: 20th Century Fox is closing in on a deal for the screen rights to 'Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN,' the bestselling history of the biggest sports network in the world, which was published by Little, Brown and Company this May.

The book begins with the American success story of father and son Bill and Scott Rasmussen, who tapped into their credit cards to buy a transponder on RCA SATCOM I in 1979 to show sporting events nonstop on a 24-hour station. Almost immediately, Getty Oil came onboard, and soon after the Rasmussens were forced out. ESPN originally showed college football and basketball games, Australian rules football, the Canadian Football League, Davis Cup tennis, professional wrestling and boxing. Of course, it later grew into a powerhouse network that changed the way we watch sports.
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