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.”