AuthorsLive presents former ESPN leader George Bodenheimer

ESPN Executive Chairman George Bodenheimer

ESPN Executive Chairman George Bodenheimer

Join [email protected] on Thursday, May 26, at 7 p.m. for an evening with former ESPN Executive Chairman George Bodenheimer and interviewer Bob Ley in the Cole Auditorium.  In his business memoir, Every Town is a Sports Town: Business Leadership at ESPN, from the Mailroom to the Boardroom, Bodenheimer discusses the rise of ESPN and the network’s game-changing approach to daily sports updates and news.

Bodenheimer will be interviewed by Bob Ley, ESPN’s longest-serving commentator, who joined the network as a SportsCenter anchor on its third day of operation in 1979. During his conversation with Ley, Bodenheimber will draw on sports anecdotes from his three decades at ESPN to entertain patrons and illuminate ESPN’s inventiveness.

George Bodenheimer is an ESPN and cable industry pioneer and was the company’s longest-tenured president, a position he held from 1998-2011. From 2012- 2014 he assumed the position of Executive Chairman, ESPN, Inc., providing strategic direction for ESPN’s global business

Initially hired to work in the mailroom, one of Bodenheimer’s first jobs was to pick up sportscaster Dick Vitale at the Hartford airport and drive him to ESPN’s main campus–a couple of trailers in a dirt parking lot. But as ESPN grew, so did George’s status in the company. In fact, Bodenheimer played a major part in making ESPN a daily presence not just here, but around the world.

Every Town Is a Sports Town, which Bodenheimer wrote with bestselling author Donald T. Phillips, is a book for business readers and sports fans alike.
George Bodenheimer was ESPN’s longest-tenured President, then Executive Chairman, positions held from 1998 until he chose to leave the company in 2014 after a 33 year career. He graduated from Denison University with a degree in economics. Bodenheimer serves on the boards of the V Foundation for Cancer Research, Denison University, Under Armour and Sirius XM.

Ley spearheads ESPN’s aggressive coverage of breaking news and issues, primarily as host of the award-winning Outside the Lines, since its inception in May 1990.  Ley has been equally comfortable leaving the studio to cover a variety of events on site as a host or handling play-by-play, highlighted by his role as host of several World Cups. As host he has been involved in many of ESPN’s iconic series from SportsCenter to the NCAA Tournament to the NFL Draft.

[email protected] is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. Books will be available for purchase and signing through Diane’s Books. This series is open to all at no charge. Seating in the Cole Auditorium is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information visitwww.greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive, email Eric McCarthy at [email protected] or call (203) 622-7926.

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