Jim Rome Left Partly Because Of Stuff Said About Him In The ESPN Book

So Jim Rome is going from ESPN to CBS Sports Network even though the Worldwide Leader had offered him a multi-year extension for Rome Is Burning. According to a source, Rome wanted out at least in part because of comments made by an ESPN executive in Those Guys Have All The Fun, the oral history published last year. » 1/06/12 5:05pm 1/06/12 5:05pm

Keith Olbermann Insists Suzy Kolber Was Just As Toxic At ESPN As He Was

Below is an excerpt from Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside The World of ESPN, which is finally in paperback so those readers anxious for more Bristol back-biting don't have to carry around the cumbersome hardcover. The new version includes more bitchy anecdotes from Bill Simmons, further details about Tony… » 12/05/11 2:45pm 12/05/11 2:45pm

ESPN Book To Become Future Major Motion Picture About Bristol Guys…

According to an insider from one of the major talent agencies, Hollywood has expressed significant interest in turning the Miller/Shales oral history of ESPN into a blockbuster movie. It's in the very early stages but, according to our source, one lucky studio will make a major financial investment to create a Social… » 6/29/11 2:50pm 6/29/11 2:50pm

The Deadspin Guide To The New ESPN Book

The new ESPN oral history, Those Guys Have all the Fun, is now available in stores. We've been having some fun with the book in recent days. Mixed in with our usual sober analysis of satellite transponder rights and ESPN's dual-revenue-stream model, we've also brought you many tales of ESPN people screwing other ESPN… » 5/24/11 7:30pm 5/24/11 7:30pm

All The Unkind Things Bill Simmons Said About His Colleagues In The…

One of the most interesting characters to emerge from the ESPN book is the formerly inscrutable Bill Simmons, if only because we've never heard him be so (openly) self-aware before. He again whips out the big swinging dick in some more excerpts. » 5/24/11 6:20pm 5/24/11 6:20pm

This Quote Is Why Chris Berman Remains A Vile Piece Of Shit

I haven't been able to peruse the new ESPN book yet, as Daulerio and the others have, but I was struck dumb by a quote from the book that was excerpted by Richard Deitsch over at SI.com. This is what Berman said in regard to the NFL forcing the network to cancel its Playmakers series: » 5/24/11 4:46pm 5/24/11 4:46pm

ESPN And Publisher Alike: None Of These Guys Are Having Any Fun

Not two days since the embargo was lifted, the giant dragon fart of a book known as Those Guys Have All the Fun has left both publisher and subject alike strategizing about a new defense. Yes, ESPN officially threw together a semi-emergency town hall meeting ("tent"!!!!) earlier this afternoon for select talent and… » 5/19/11 8:45pm 5/19/11 8:45pm

The Decision About LeBron's Decision Was An Orgy Of Self-Interest, With…

There's a brief section about The Decision in Those Guys Have All the Fun, and if the details aren't exactly fresh, the takeaway is somewhat new: Everyone involved was using everyone else for their own ends to produce what amounted to a massive orgy that they all came to regret the next day. And LeBron was just the… » 5/19/11 5:47pm 5/19/11 5:47pm

We Will Always Remember Dick Ebersol For That Thing He Said In The ESPN…

Dick Ebersol is leaving NBC Sports, as you may know. Let's not think about the bad times, though. Let's think about the fun we had. Like yesterday, when we came across this quote in the excellent ESPN book that we're currently dry-humping up and down the site: » 5/19/11 12:55pm 5/19/11 12:55pm

Chris Berman On You're With Me, Leather: "Mr. Kornheiser Chose To Run…

While the long-standing Kornheiser-Berman beef doesn't have the same initial draw of, say, Beadle-Andrews, its appearance in Those Guys Have All The Fun does lead us to the alleged root of everyone's favorite alleged pick-up line: You're with me, Leather. » 5/18/11 6:20pm 5/18/11 6:20pm

ESPN Book Will Make Things Even More Uncomfortable Between Michelle…

Michelle Beadle freely admits that she's not a fan of Erin Andrews. "Everyone who knows me knows that," she tells me. It hasn't affected any of the hierarchy at ESPN at this point, but Beadle's admission in the new ESPN oral history that she watched Erin's peephole vid could put the WWL in the precarious position of… » 5/18/11 3:17pm 5/18/11 3:17pm

Let The ESPN Freakout Begin

Back in August, we wrote that the forthcoming ESPN book, Those Guys Have All The Fun, will make many ESPN employees crap their pants. Well, here comes the onslaught: The book's publisher has lifted the embargo on releasing details from the book. You'll certainly hear more about the "rowdiest frathouse in sports TV" in… » 5/18/11 1:32pm 5/18/11 1:32pm

New Bits From ESPN Book: "A Lot Of Drugs," "Quite A Bit Of Screwing"

Entertainment Weekly has some new snippets from Miller and Shales' forthcoming ESPN book, Those Guys Have All The Fun. Publisher Little, Brown lifted its embargo on writing about the book earlier today. » 5/17/11 11:00pm 5/17/11 11:00pm

ESPN Book Excerpt: Keith Olbermann, The Asshole Genius

GQ called dibs on the first exclusive excerpt of the gigantic Miller-Shales ESPN oral history, Those Guys Have All The Fun, but we've been given an excerpt of their excerpt just because nobody wants us running any more unapproved excerpts. We'll play along. So read this, then pop over to GQ for the rest. Then follow… » 5/16/11 7:01am 5/16/11 7:01am

Some ESPN Talent Officially Nervous As Oral History Tell-All Emerges"

Erin Andrews. Chris Berman. Suzy Kolber. Those are just a handful of the names who'll have some anxiety-ridden weeks ahead of them as published (and excised) material from Those Guys Have All The Fun leaks to the public. Here's a snippet of unpublished nastiness we acquired. » 5/10/11 3:00pm 5/10/11 3:00pm

A Day At The Rug Races: A Filthy, Hooker-Filled Excerpt That Was Cut…

Next week, excerpts from the long-awaited ESPN oral history Those Guys Have All The Fun will start trickling out, including one next week when the June issue of GQ drops. There are a lot of very nervous people in Bristol right now, and if the following passage is any indication of the book's contents, they have good… » 5/10/11 12:45pm 5/10/11 12:45pm

Embargoed ESPN Book Already Being Shopped To Checkbook Journalists

Although it's still months away from hitting the book stores, the Miller/Shales bomb-throwing oral history of ESPN, "Those Guys Have All The Fun," is already being peddled on the internet black market. » 11/19/10 2:05pm 11/19/10 2:05pm

ESPN Book Promises To Reveal "The Rowdiest Frathouse In Sports TV"

So we happened to get our grimy little hands on the Little, Brown's catalog that teases the upcoming Shales/Miller oral history of the Worldwide Leader. It appears to promise many more casualties than our ESPN Nagasaki attack. » 11/10/10 5:25pm 11/10/10 5:25pm