WBEZ | Jonathan Eig http://www.wbez.org/tags/jonathan-eig Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en How ESPN came to dominate the world of sports media http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-04/how-espn-came-dominate-world-sports-media-98104 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/espn.jpg" style="width: 620px; height: 514px; " title=""></div><p>Last week on the show we had a conversation about the explosion in sports media coverage during the last two decades and the effect it's having on our culture and on sports journalism.</p><p>The conversation touched on a number of factors, including the web, sports radio and social media, but one force stood head and shoulders above the others: ESPN.</p><p>"In so many ways it has become the 800 lb gorilla," said Jonathan Eig, co-founder and editor-in-chief of <a href="http://chicagosidesports.com/">the new long-form sports journalism website, The Chicago Side</a>. "They're the go-to source for all most everything.&nbsp; They control the TV, the internet - they have the most popular sites around. It’s something everyone has to deal with."</p><p>Just ask Ozzie Guillen.</p><p>The former White Sox manager has been all over the news during the last 24 hours for <a href="http://content.usatoday.com/communities/dailypitch/post/2012/04/ozzie-guillen-apology-fidel-castro/1?csp=hf#.T4RoB9k0jTo">his remarks in support of Cuba’s Fidel Castro and his subsequent five-game suspension as manager of the Miami Marlins</a>.</p><p>But that’s hardly the only storyline pulsing through the ESPN machinery this week.</p><p>Baseball is back. Basketball and hockey are rolling toward the post-season. Golf and tennis are back in swing. And it's ESPN that even turned the upcoming NFL Draft into a televised sporting event.</p><p>So how did a small, upstart cable network based in Bristol, CT come to dominate the global sporting field?&nbsp; For some insight, we turn to James Andrew Miller, co-author of the 2011 book, <em>These Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN</em>.</p></p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 13:45:24 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-04/how-espn-came-dominate-world-sports-media-98104 Author Jonathan Eig on how the feds 'got Caponed' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/author-jonathan-eig-how-feds-got-caponed <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/capone resize.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Like a shot of fine whiskey, the story of Al Capone's rise and fall runs through the veins of most Chicagoans. A recent book takes a different look at the legendary tale of how the government got their man.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>It's called <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Get-Capone-Captured-Americas-Gangster/dp/141658059X">Get Capone: The Secret Plot that Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster</a>.</p><p>We talked with <a target="_blank" href="http://www.getcapone.com/">Jonathan Eig</a>, the book&rsquo;s author and native Chicagoan, says the book resulted from new material. It belonged to the man who locked Capone up for tax evasion. <br /><br />Tuesday evening Jonathan Eig talks about Chicago&rsquo;s most famous gangster at an event hosted by the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.midlandauthors.com/">Society of Midland Authors</a>. It&rsquo;s at 6 p.m. at the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cliff-chicago.org/">Cliff Dwellers Club</a> on Michigan Ave.</p></p> Tue, 09 Nov 2010 15:51:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/author-jonathan-eig-how-feds-got-caponed