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 in… » 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

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

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