Don Shelby is widely considered one of the most accomplished local TV journalists in the country. Off camera he has been involved in organized basketball as a player coach and advocate since 1960. Inducted into Indiana’s Delaware County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003, Shelby has been compiling stories of pivotal basketball games—those he has played and those that have inspired him—for over twenty years.
Written with the same humor and compassion that have made Shelby a broadcasting legend The Season Never Ends proves once and for all that the fundamental principles of basketball are the fundamental principles of life.
Don Shelby is widely considered one of the best and most-decorated local news anchors and reporters in the country. He has won three National Emmys and two George Foster Peabody awards which are the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. He was awarded the National Distinguished Service Award by the Society of Professional Journalists the International Radio and Television News Directors Association’s First Place honors for International Investigative Reporting and Columbia University’s duPont Award for Investigative Journalism. He retired from daily reporting and anchoring in November 2010 after forty-five years in the industry.
Shelby was also a basketball player leading his team to the 1965 Delaware County (Indiana) championship scoring twenty-five points in the final game and being named to the All-County All-Star Team. He was inducted into the Delaware County Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
As an adult he coached his daughters’ teams for seven years while continuing to pound the hardwood himself. He played on a 35-and-over men’s team that won the Minnesota State Amateur Basketball Championship title seven times.
Despite his professional accomplishments in the field of broadcast journalism the face he shaves every morning is still that of a seventeen-year-old basketball player.
“Every basketball coach player and fan needs to read this book.”— Tubby Smith Head Coach University of Minnesota
“Don Shelby’s lifelong love affair with the game of basketball comes shining through in this book. Filled with witty and wonderful stories he shows us that sometimes a game is more than a game.”—Ahmad Rashad four-time All-Pro NFL receiver Emmy Award-winning sportscaster and NBA analyst
“These stories are heartfelt and well-turned but basketball is only their setting. Don’s real subject is the richness of life and the lessons learned–if only we step up and take our shot.”—Will Weaver author of A Gravestone Made of Wheat and Other Stories and The Last Hunter
“Absolutely delightful. The Season Never Ends takes you back to the first moment you fell in love with basketball.” —Billy McKinney Chief of Scouting Milwaukee Bucks