Tue. Apr 23rd, 2019

Thompson Releases Anthology Of ESPN Stories

“To see these stories together, and to reflect on the two decades they were in the making, is in all honesty an overwhelming thing,” Thompson said.

ESPN senior writer Wright Thompson recently released an anthology of his work over his 20-plus-year career titled The Cost of Dreams: Sports Stories and Other Serious Business.

Thompson gave The Athletic a quick glimpse into the reasoning behind the timing and inspiration behind the book.

“To see these stories together, and to reflect on the two decades they were in the making, is in all honesty an overwhelming thing,” Thompson said.

Thompson has been with ESPN since 2006 and has been a fixture for ESPN The Magazine. His contributions to the sports media landscape have garnered him a healthy dose of respect for his storytelling ability.

“I am excited about the future,” he added. “Our magazine remains a vibrant part of ESPN’s content world — my God, I sound like a corporate drone but I mean it — and I think that (ESPN executives) Ali Overholt and Rob King are the tip of the spear in figuring out how magazine storytelling exists both as a printed object and as an ethos and theology about storytelling. I’m bullish, man. I’m writing stories. I’m making television shows. I’m creating a podcast. And all of those things feel of a piece in my head. All that is magazine work to me. “

The Cost of Dreams: Sports Stories and Other Serious Business dives into Thompson’s work on legends such as Michael Jordan and TIger Woods and explores why his work is about so much more than the score of a ballgame.

This anthology isn’t any signal of slowing down for Thompson as he assured The Athletic there are plenty stories left to tell and he is “just getting started.”