The Patriotic Dissenter in Book Form

The Blogger here at The Patriotic Dissenter has authored a new book!

No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry

You can get it on Amazon right here in paperback!

And in E-book format as well!

In "No, I Can't Get You Free Tickets" Paul M. Banks has penned a book that's required reading for anyone interested in the past, present and future of the sports media industry.

In recapping he most memorable moments of his career, including a story that inspired memes, t-shirts and a catch-phrase, Banks produces a book that can be classified in several genres.It's a digital age version of Jerome Holtzman's "No Cheering in the Press Box" meets Frank Deford's "Over Time" for the millenials and Gen Xers.

The reader goes on the road with all-access credentials to a world in a way that provides wanderlust to any sports fan or media member.

Writing with the passion of Bill Simmons' "Now I can Die in Peace," Banks provides interviews with high profile athletes at a stage in their careers where they're not beholden, and thus express themselves with the same candor that he does.It's not a book about sports, it's a book about using the lens of sports to convey the state of journalism today and how we as nation are responding to that.

Advance Praise for “No, I can’t Get You Free Tickets”

“When it comes to sports stories, Paul’s attention to detail is unmatched. His ability to dive into a story and grab all the important elements and then bring it to light is what makes his work fantastic.”

“I have seen first hand his ability to connect with the people he’s doing stories on, and his heart and  his passion really goes into every single thing that he puts out there for the world to read.”

--Jarrett Payton, Anchor/Reporter, WGN-TV Chicago

“Paul M. Banks covers the spectrum when he covers a sporting event, and he's not afraid to steer away from the obvious topic. Paul is fearless in finding a story that is just as compelling as what some may perceive as the news of the day.”

--Mark Gonzales, Cubs beat writer, Chicago Tribune

“If you know anything about Paul Banks, you know that he is always trying to find the different, and interesting angle in his stories and his interviews. From football, to college basketball, to soccer, you learn things of interest...from a bad acting gig for Charles Tillman, to a CBS announcer you might be surprised to know who will not say the nickname of the Washington NFL franchise on the air.”

“Enjoyable and informative stuff that puts you in his shoes, if it's opinion, or in the shoes of the people he has talked to.”

--Dave Kerner, Anchor/Reporter, WBBM Newsradio

“Having known Paul now for almost 20 years, it has been a pleasure to see his work evolve since our days at the Daily Illini. He's written pieces on college and pro sports, both domestically and internationally, doing so in his own unique way that gives something different to the readers.”

“I've seen his passion for the subjects that he covers on display first hand, and it shows in his work. This book reflects the variety of his work over the last two decades and will be entertaining for someone who loves sports as well as for the casual observer.”

--Larry Hawley, Producer,, CLTV Chicago

“Paul has seen the highest highs of a World Series at Wrigley Field and the lowest lows of Illinois losing at home to a Darrell Hazell-coached Purdue team. You need to read his book, because anyone who has been to both of those and anywhere in between has some great stories.”

--Travis Miller, SB Nation Community Manager,


Paul M. Banks runs The Sports, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, the author of “No,  I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry," regularly appears on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the "Let's Get Weird, Sports" podcast on SB Nation

Banks, a former writer for NBC and Chicago, also contributes to Chicago NowFollow him on Twitter and Instagram. The content of his cat's Instagram account is unquestionably superior to his.

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