John Walsh, The Godfather Of ESPN, Will Step Down

John Walsh, who is probably more responsible than anyone else for making ESPN the behemoth it is today, will retire at the end of the month. » 1/22/15 5:53pm 1/22/15 5:53pm

The Sports Guy Vs. ESPN: How Bill Simmons Lost Bristol

It was, he would later tell a confidant, like something out of The Godfather. Bill Simmons was meeting with two of the most powerful executives at ESPN, John Skipper and John Walsh, in a conference room in ESPN's then-unfinished Los Angeles office hard by the Staples Center. Within three years, this would be the… » 9/26/14 2:32pm 9/26/14 2:32pm

How Two Infamous Ex-ESPNers Benefited From A Bristol VIP's Night Out

One of the most influential men in sports pawing women in a hotel bar in front of a couple enemies with old scores to settle—and much of it surreptitiously captured on video? It sounds like the stuff of an investigation carried out by one of ESPN's harder-charging journalistic franchises. Instead, it's one night… » 7/01/14 9:00am 7/01/14 9:00am

ESPN Finally Disavows Its Tebow Coverage: "We Didn't Handle That Very…

The New York Jets have three games left to play and despite an unexpected itchy eruption of theoretically possible playoff chances—one game behind whahuh?—they're not a draw going down the stretch. The Chargers-Jets Sunday game on Dec. 23 gets the distinction of being the only game this year that NBC flexed out of its… » 12/10/12 2:37pm 12/10/12 2:37pm

"... Did Not Meet ESPN Standards For Original Language": ESPN Finally…

It has been 148 days since we first informed you of Lynn Hoppes's copy-and-pasting habits. And dear reader, it's over. All it took for ESPN to acknowledge the widespread plagiarism in its archives was for the company's news honcho, John Walsh, to float a rumor in front of a class of journalism students that I was… » 12/06/12 10:45am 12/06/12 10:45am

Why Is An ESPN Vice President Spreading Rumors That I'm Straight?…

"I don't know your personal life," ESPN vice president and executive editor John Walsh told me, on the phone. "I wouldn't comment on anyone's personal life." » 12/05/12 7:30pm 12/05/12 7:30pm

How ESPN Ditched Journalism And Followed Skip Bayless To The Bottom: A…

In October, Doug Gottlieb, a radio host and basketball analyst who'd decamped for CBS the previous month after nine years with ESPN, went on The Dan Patrick Show and dropped something of a truth bomb about his time in Bristol: » 11/12/12 2:32pm 11/12/12 2:32pm

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

Former ESPN VP's "I Didn't Masturbate In Front Of Erin Andrews" Lawsuit…

LOS ANGELES—On Nov. 5, ESPN Senior VP Joan Lynch woke up in her home to find a front tire of her vehicle slashed. This is notable for two reasons. The first is that Lynch lives in the Pacific Palisades, which is not the sort of neighborhood where one gets one's tires slashed. The Palisades is west of Brentwood; it's a… » 11/14/11 6:25pm 11/14/11 6:25pm

"Albino Man. Pink Gorilla Singing SportsCenter Theme Song." A Story…

As we reported weeks ago, our senior editor, Tommy Craggs, was verbally offered a position by Grantland.com to be a writer/columnist but the deal was shelved when he obliterated Page 2 "editor" Lynn Hoppes on Deadspin. The above video is roughly the point where the deal fell apart. » 6/01/11 6:39pm 6/01/11 6:39pm

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

Bill Simmons, Malcolm Gladwell, And The Dirty Secret Of The MIT Sports…

The Joke That Started It All
Shortly after 9 a.m. Friday, in a big gray conference room in a big gray convention center, 1,500 people—mostly white, mostly male, mostly clad in business suits—roar with laughter. Jeff Van Gundy, the former Knicks and Rockets coach and current ESPN analyst, has just cracked wise. Jeff… » 3/10/11 2:32pm 3/10/11 2:32pm

AN ESPN VP Joins The Olbermann-Simmons Pillow Fight

ESPN Executive VP and Editor John Walsh snarks back at Keith Olbermann in today's SportsBusiness Daily, and suddenly the Olbermann-Simmons feud has become one of those great Greek tragedies full of incest and bloodshed and men with stately white beards. » 3/11/10 4:35pm 3/11/10 4:35pm