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From College Station to ESPN: Berry Authors Fantasy Sports Book


From Aggieland to the Worldwide Leader in Sports and points in between, Matthew Berry has seen and heard a lot, which means he has a lot he could write about.

ESPN's senior fantasy sports analyst, who was raised in College Station, has done just that with "Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who's Lived It," which hit bookshelves Tuesday.

Berry spent his teenage years locally, and around that time developed a love for rotisserie baseball, a precursor to fantasy sports, now a staple in many fans' lives.

He was a Hollywood writer at one point, but that passion for fantasy sports led him to start up websites devoted to it. Eventually, ESPN came calling. Now, Berry is the face of fantasy, including Sundays on the network's popular NFL coverage.

While the book has anecdotes sprinkled in from Berry's life and his time in Bryan/College Station -- his dad is an A&M professor, his mom is College Station's mayor, and he has been part of a local fantasy league for three decades -- much of the book examines the industry itself and the lengths people and leagues go.

"Fantasy Life" is published by Penguin Group.


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