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

Leaked Memo: Bleacher Report's Top Eight Ways To Not Piss Off The UFC

A tipster passes along the following email sent around to Bleacher Report's MMA writers last year. It was written by Jeremy Botter, a lead MMA writer for B/R who also covers the fights for the Houston Chronicle. There is some good advice here (don't publish random bullshit!) and some weird advice here (don't ask Dana… » 8/12/13 12:30pm 8/12/13 12:30pm

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

TTU Footballers Urged To Be Active, And That Doesn't Count Video Games

Workout schedules for college football players can be complex, what with varying needs for strength/fitness/flexibility based on position and those ever-complicated NCAA limits on supervised activities. One thing's clear for Texas Tech players, though: video games don't count as "being active." » 5/07/13 4:47pm 5/07/13 4:47pm

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

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 Prepping Its Talent For A Twitter Shitstorm After Deciding To No…

The Protean identity of ESPN's online network ESPN3 shifts again this week, as the former ESPN360 attempts to distance itself from similar offering WatchESPN. The Worldwide Leader has elected to end the simulcast of sporting events shown on ESPN's cable nets to ESPN3—a service available to 73 million cable… » 8/29/12 11:15am 8/29/12 11:15am

From The Desk Of George Bodenheimer: "Class, Dignity And Integrity"

Hey, look! It's another memo from ESPN President George Bodenheimer! And today he wants to tell his employees about all the exciting things his company is doing to slow its steady transformation into Connecticut's answer to Gomorrah. » 11/20/09 1:00pm 11/20/09 1:00pm

Chicago Trib Begins Overhaul Of Sports Section With Some Two-Fisted…

"Much like the Cubune myth, the conventional wisdom among some in Chicago has been that our pals across the way have the better Sports section. ... Pardon the Hoosier in me rising up, but that's bull shit." [Romenesko] » 10/23/09 5:45pm 10/23/09 5:45pm

FedEx Wants All Hungover Employees At Work Tomorrow

Until those diligent slackers get the day after Super Bowl turned into a national holiday, we the working class must continue to roll into to work on Monday, somehow, some way. Don't bother calling in sick — it doesn't work. » 2/03/08 12:30pm 2/03/08 12:30pm