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“Unscripted” hits New York Times Best Sellers List

Ada, Mich. (May 10, 2017)Unscripted (Baker Books; ISBN 9780801074103; ebook ISBN 9781493406999; $24.99) by Ernie Johnson Jr. has landed on the New York TimesBest Sellers list, achieving the #9 spot on the May Sports and Fitness list in its first month of release. This ranking reflects sales during April 2017 and is based on sales from thousands of nationwide venues where general books are sold.

Unscripted has received wide recognition and media attention since its April 4, 2017, release. With one of the most recognized voices in sports broadcasting, Ernie Johnson Jr. is a tireless perfectionist when it comes to preparing and delivering his commentary. Yet he knows that some of sports’ greatest triumphs—and life’s greatest rewards—come from those unscripted moments you never anticipated.

In this heartfelt, gripping autobiography, Johnson provides a remarkably candid look at his life both on and off the screen. From his relationship with his sportscaster father to his own rise to the top of sports broadcasting, from battling cancer to raising six children with his wife—including a special needs child adopted from Romania—he has taken the important lessons he learned from his father and passed them on to his own children. This is the untold story, the one Johnson has lived after the lights are turned off and the cameras stop rolling.

Ernie Johnson Jr. is a three-time Sports Emmy Award winner and host of TNT’s Inside the NBA with Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O’Neal. He is the studio host for NBA TV’s popular Fan Nightand a studio host for Turner and CBS’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship coverage. He is the lead play-by-play announcer for Turner’s coverage of Major League Baseball and the PGA Championship and has also covered the National Football League, the British Open, Wimbledon, and the Olympics. In 2007, Johnson was presented with the first-ever honorary John Wooden Keys to Life Award, presented by Athletes in Action, which is awarded to individuals who exemplify Wooden’s “Seven Keys to Life,” including character, integrity, and faith. In 2015, he was recognized with a Musial Award, presented in honor of Stan Musial’s legacy by celebrating iconic “good sports” and the year’s greatest moments in sportsmanship. In 2016, his alma mater, the University of Georgia, honored him with the Grady College of Journalism John Holliman Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the Bill Hartman Award for Lifetime Achievement from the UGA Athletic Department.

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