On Someone Else’s Nickel

A Life in Television, Sports, and Travel

On Someone Else's Nickel
Editions:Hardcover - First Edition: $ 29.99 USD
ISBN: 9781682306741
Size: 6.40 x 9.40 in
Pages: 280
ePub - First Edition: $ 9.99 USD
Pages: 314

Tim Ryan is no doubt the only sportscaster who has crash-landed in the Namib desert, been charged by a rhino in Zimbabwe, herded sheep at the beginning of a Winter Olympics telecast, and dodged flying bottles at a professional boxing match.


In his new memoir, On Someone Else’s Nickel, Ryan recounts all of these tales and more in the lively, trustworthy voice that sports fans will recognize from televised sporting events of the past fifty years. Armchair travelers and sports enthusiasts alike will be taken on a riveting journey as Ryan shares anecdotes from his adventures in broadcasting that span thirty sports in more than twenty countries over half a century. And while the events themselves are impressive—ten Olympic Games, more than three hundred championship boxing matches, Wimbledon and U.S. Open tennis, World Cup Skiing, just to name a few—it’s the lesser-known stories that happened along the way to the big events that really stand out in Ryan’s telling. As he details how he came to call the first Ali-Frazier fight for the Armed Forces Network, or hosted a tennis tournament featuring the McEnroe brothers to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association, Ryan shines a light on sports and the world beyond sports—the world of family, friends, colleagues, and connections that endure when the game has been won, the medals awarded, the champion crowned, and the mic turned off.

Publisher: Tim Ryan
Reviews:Tom Brokaw, NBC News wrote:

"Tim Ryan's story of the trials and triumphs of his personal and professional life is inspirational, instructive, and important. He is a master of the play by play who turns the spotlight on his victories and defeats, and leaves us all inspired by the lessons."

John Newcombe, tennis legend, four-time Wimbledon Champion wrote:

"Over forty-five years of calling tennis matches, none were more enjoyable than the ones I called with Tim Ryan. We became very close friends and I got a real insight into how professional and versatile Tim was in calling so many different sports. This is a book every sports lover should read."

Bob Arum, founder, Top Rank Boxing wrote:

"Tim's accounts of his experiences covering the sport of international boxing are hilarious. As someone who shared the journey with Tim, it brings back great memories of an era we will not see the likes of again."

John McEnroe, tennis legend, commentator, NBC, ESPN, BBC wrote:

"I couldn't put it down…Lots of great stories about someone on the other side of the microphone, someone who athletes would be hoping would be making the call, because it meant they were in the big time."

Mary Carillo, tennis commentator, NBC, Tennis Channel, reporter, HBO's Real Sports wrote:

"From the most storied tennis courts to the most breathtaking ski slopes in the world, Tim made covering sports fun, interesting, and downright pleasurable. . . . What a journey he has taken, and now he shares it with us."