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Jim Gray Presents

Talking to GOATs

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What's Inside

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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GOATs Through The Years

Get a sneak peek at the interviews, speeches, and more that Jim has done with GOATs over the course of his career.

Book Reviews

GOATs Upon Further Review

Kirkus Reviews

"Gray knows how to tell a story… Abounds with fascinating tales… Demonstrates his combination of knowledge, longevity, talent, and likability, with just a little pit bull thrown in for good measure. Gray has been there, done that, and taken excellent notes."

The Washington Post

"Gray, who chronicles his friendship with Brady and other champions in an engaging new memoir titled 'Talking to GOATs.'"

Good Morning America

“This book has never before told stories about all the biggest interviews he’s done with some of the greatest athletes of all time. I love getting behind the scenes and understanding the thought process that goes into these interviews.” – Michael Strahan, Good Morning America “Our Favorite Books of 2020”

Sports Illustrated

“Man of the Moments: How Jim Gray Got His Start in Sports”

Parade Magazine

TOP HOLIDAY MUST READ: “Hall of Fame sports broadcaster Jim Gray knows how to tell a story, and his memoirTalking to GOATs: The Moments You Remember and the Stories You Never Heard (November 10, William Morrow) is full of them—fascinating tales of golf rounds with Michael Jordan, backgammon with Lucille Ball, late-night sports conversations with Richard Nixon and his meaningful friendships with Kobe Bryant, Tom Brady (he wrote the foreword), Jack Nicholson and Bill Walton, who credits Gray with saving his life.”

Los Angeles Times

"Talking to GOATs: The Day A Young Tiger Woods Revealed He Would Be A Champion"

GQ

“Grilling Jim Gray, Who Grilled Everyone From Mike Tyson to LeBron James”

Peter King's Football Morning in America

"Fun new book out this week, by Jim Gray, on his life knowing every sports person of note on the planet. (Richard Nixon, too.) “Talking To GOATs: The Moments You Remember And The Stories You Never Heard,” with Greg Bishop, has so many great tales. Like this one, with the late Al Davis—and I had no idea how close Gray was to Davis—regaling Gray and his wife Frann over dinner."

The ESPN Adam Schefter Podcast

“Talking Life, Love, and Tom Brady with Jim Gray”

The Dan Patrick Show

“Jim Gray discusses book, tells Pete Rose, Kobe stories”

The Herd with Colin Cowherd

“Jim Gray on why it was wrong to villainize LeBron for ‘The Decision,’ talks MJ & Ali”

Fox & Friends

“Jim Gray reveals inside stories of star athletes”

The Athletic

"In his new book 'Talking to GOATs,'  journalist Jim Gray delves into his interviews and life experiences with some of the most fascinating and successful athletes of our time.You said you won’t write another book......I just wanted to say thank you for being the blueprint for how a journalist is supposed to work. I’ve always admired your ability to go in there and ask the questions that need to be asked, because it’s not about whether our subjects or all of the viewers like us, it’s all because we have a job to do. And you’ve done it." - Lance Pugmire

The Big Lead

"Gray, the everyman who stood and still stands next to those who appeared to be more than mortal, does it by finding that collective humanity and shared conversation. One greatest of all time at a time."

Fox Nation

"Talking to GOATS with Jim Gray”

iHeartRadio

"Talking to GOATs is an amazing and fantastic inside look to sports superstars of the past 50 years. Get this book!"

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GOAT Guest Appearances

Purchase the Talking to GOATs audiobook version and enjoy narration by Jim, including guest appearances by Vin Scully, Bob Costas, Tom Brady, Snoop Dogg, and Carol Burnett.

About the Author

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.

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Greg Bishop

Greg Bishop is an Emmy Award-winning author whose work has been featured in Sports Illustrated, The New York Times and on Showtime. He has been honored for his excellence in writing by the Associated Press Sports Editors and the Pro Football Writers Association.

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