ESPN Asks Its TV People To Stop Saying "Sucks" So Much

ESPN is a roll with these memos. Just yesterday the Worldwide Leader told its talent to be extra extra careful when talking about rape allegations ("Today's developments in the Jameis Winston investigation are likely to be emotionally charged. Please consider that ..."). Today, network brass has a new request. Please,… » 12/06/13 7:00pm 12/06/13 7:00pm

Bo Pelini On Nebraska Fans: "Fuck You, Fans. Fuck All Of You."

This is fun. Here we have an audiotape of Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini flipping his shit about both the media and the Cornhuskers' fans after a 2011 game. Why are we getting this now? Well, our tipster was particularly exercised by Nebraska's flameout against UCLA on Saturday, which has led to some awkwardness in… » 9/16/13 5:05pm 9/16/13 5:05pm

WWE Leaker Strikes Again To Spoil (Some Of) SummerSlam

For five straight pay-per-view events, a Reddit user named "Dolphins1925" revealed the results of every single WWE match before they aired. But with WWE now aware that it has sprung a leak, last night's SummerSlam was our first chance to see if he could do it again. » 8/19/13 4:20pm 8/19/13 4:20pm

A Redditor Has Been Leaking WWE Outcomes [Update: WWE Response]

In February on r/SquaredCircle, Reddit's pro wrestling forum, one poster kicked off a "prediction series," asking users to pick who they expected to win at that week's Elimination Chamber pay-per-view event. The winner was a user named "Dolphins1925," who posted just minutes before the start of the event, and nailed the… » 7/15/13 3:17pm 7/15/13 3:17pm

Tennis Channel CEO: Comcast Battle Like "Being Raped By Brutal Captor"…

Two weeks ago, a federal appeals court ruled that Comcast did not have to put Tennis Channel on its basic cable service and could, instead, throw it on a more-expensive sports tier. The court overturned an FCC ruling in the process. Tennis Channel was unhappy about this. In fact, Tennis Channel CEO Ken Solomon was so… » 6/12/13 2:42pm 6/12/13 2:42pm

Meet The Former CIA Operative Behind the NSA Leaks (Updates)

Edward Snowden, a former CIA technical assistant and current employee of the defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, which assigned him to work for the NSA, has revealed himself as the leaker behind the documents this week that showed the extent of spying that the NSA does on American citizens. » 6/09/13 6:24pm 6/09/13 6:24pm

ESPN President's Memo: Support The Troops; Also, We're Firing People

Below is a memo from ESPN president John Skipper, sent companywide just before the Memorial Day weekend and forwarded to us by a Bristol tipster. "This is the only communication we've received from upper management this week that mentions the layoffs," our tipster writes. Happy Memorial Day! » 5/28/13 11:27am 5/28/13 11:27am

No Steroids, No Birthday Cake: Parsing MLB's Employee Handbook

Congratulations! It's your first day working for Major League Baseball. You probably grew up a huge baseball fan, and while this isn't as good as actually playing, you're about to embark on a fun and rewarding career with MLB. But first, there's something you need to read and sign. » 5/23/13 12:56pm 5/23/13 12:56pm

ESPN Executive Asks Talent To Stop Being All Bitchcakes On Twitter…

ESPN sent out a memo today reminding everyone that employees' personal Twitter feeds are to be used "to serve ESPN sanctioned efforts." They're not to be used as a way to settle scores with critics and colleagues. Writes ESPN VP Laurie Orlando: » 4/10/13 5:10pm 4/10/13 5:10pm

ESPN X Games Memo Asks Staffers To Work For Free And Not Make Fun Of…

ESPN's X Games are slouching toward Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil, the first of three new international host cities, where competition begins next week and where staffers are arriving to find that their mellows have already been thoroughly harshed. It seems that money is tight in this corner of the $40 billion empire—tight… » 4/08/13 12:34pm 4/08/13 12:34pm

What Can You Learn From The Carolina Panthers' Leaked Financials? Ask A …

There's still a lot to unpack in the Carolina Panthers' financial statement, which we published Thursday. That document showed the team bringing in $112 million in operating profit over a recent two-year period, one that saw owner Jerry Richardson pleading hardship on behalf of his fellow NFL plutocrats before the… » 3/08/13 11:00am 3/08/13 11:00am

Leaked NFL Documents: While Owner Cried Hardship, Carolina Panthers…

In 2010 and 2011, as the NFL prepared for and staged a lockout of its players, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson was among the hardest of the hardliners, urging his fellow owners to "take back our league" by demanding a more management-friendly collective-bargaining agreement. » 3/07/13 4:30pm 3/07/13 4:30pm

Leaked Memo: How Texas Tech Could Craft The Image Of Its New Coach And …

A tipster sends along the following email, which was originally sent from Stephen Spiegelberg, a Texas Tech alum and proprietor of Lubbock clothing store Chrome, to Joe Parker, the deputy athletics director at Texas Tech. According to the tipster, the message was bcc'd to a few of Texas Tech's regents. The email seems… » 3/04/13 1:44pm 3/04/13 1:44pm

ESPN's Cringing, Persnickety, Condom-Obsessed Standards And Practices…

Below you'll find ESPN's editorial and advertising guidelines as of 2010, sent to us by a tipster. They are the sort of guidelines one finds beneath coffee mugs at any typical media company: binder with laminated cover; nice paper stock; a general air of scolding, constipated didacticism that's like something out of… » 7/20/11 5:08pm 7/20/11 5:08pm