CNN media critic J.E. Dyer takes on the books, movies and TV shows that flopped

Written by J.E. Dyer J.E. Dyer is a former editor of CNN Money. You can follow him on Twitter here. “Spoiled Sports is J.E. Dyer’s first new book since his two bestselling instant classics…

Written by J.E. Dyer J.E. Dyer is a former editor of CNN Money. You can follow him on Twitter here.

“Spoiled Sports is J.E. Dyer’s first new book since his two bestselling instant classics Go and Meerkat Nation,” says publisher Penguin Random House.

“I’m delighted to be publishing yet another book by the preeminent sportswriter of his generation, where every story has been in context,” said Christopher Bennett, the managing editor of Little, Brown & Company in London.

“He’s an American icon,” Bennett continued. “Spoiled Sports highlights everything that’s great about American sport, why it’s brilliant, and why all the rest of the world is desperate to replicate it.”

A former NBC Sports weekend anchor, Dyer had his national TV breakthrough in 1995 when he became the first Sports Illustrated cover boy with a woman on the cover. That led to a long-term broadcast career and to later successes with ESPN’s X Games and ESPN The Magazine.

In its cover story in the next day’s New York Times Magazine, “Only Their Mother Could Love This,” Dyer famously quoted a former Texas A&M football coach saying that “only their mother could love this.”

Dyer’s insight — and the poem’s humor — turned an article into a mini-festival, and soon Dad was asking “Where’d the photos come from?”

His career took off from there. He won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1998 for a Post-Sports Illustrated piece exposing Joe Paterno’s alleged abuse of his wife’s friends.

His 2007 best-seller “The Post-American World” was the first book from an American journalist to look at how global connectivity has transformed sports.

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