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Posts Tagged ‘James Andrew Miller’

Live, from ESPN… It’s Simmons’ Right!

With three weeks of quiet reflection comes, perhaps, some new wisdom.


Per New York Times sportswriter Richard Sandomir, there is a chunk of conversation missing from Bill Simmons‘ Friday podcast conversation with James Andrew Miller, co-author of the recently updated SNL oral history Live from New York. That in itself is not unusual. However, the focus of the conversation that was cut and abridged with two hilarious snippets of “elevator music” is:

Nearly all of a 15-minute discussion about Simmons’ suspension was removed… Simmons said that he and his team edited that section of the podcast of his own volition, without telling ESPN what had occurred.

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Bill Simmons: ESPN‘s Bristol Headquarters Can Be ‘Cultish’

The book isn’t even out yet, but Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales is generating an awful lot of controversy in the sports media world. Awful Announcing got a hold of an excerpt of ESPN star blogger Bill Simmons‘ interview in the book, which takes some digs at ESPN‘s corporate culture in Bristol, Connecticut.

“I need to figure out a way that I can operate in my own sphere and not deal with Bristol as much. Nothing against Bristol, but I do worry that it becomes a little cultish after a while. You go there and there’s ESPN everywhere. At the cafeteria, there’s Mike & Mike getting a sandwich… It’s really hard to think out of the box when you’re trapped in that box the whole time… that’s one of the reasons PTI succeeds – it’s in Washington, it’s out of the box, they leave it alone.”

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