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Hollywood Reportedly Interested in Making Feature Film of ESPN Oral History

Deadspin is reporting that filmmakers are interested in turning the ESPN oral history Those Guys Have All the Fun by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales into a feature-length film.

It’s in the very early stages but, according to our source, one lucky studio will make a major financial investment to create a Social Network-type film version of ESPN’s ascent from Bristol-based cable upstart to Worldwide Leader.

Chris Berman in the Jesse Eisenberg/Mark Zuckerburg role? Maybe. Who stars in the film of course depends on people’s interpretation of who are the stars of the book and, in turn, the major contributors to World Wide Leader’s three-decade ascent to the top of sports media. The book clocks in at 784 pages, and features interviews with hundreds of people, so picking which people and tales to focus on would be a delicate balance between the behind-the-scenes operators who made the smart business decisions and the well-known names and faces who give the company its public personality.

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SI Drops The Hammer On Lance Armstrong

Sports Illustrated has new details on the case against Lance Armstrong in this week’s issue.

Below are excerpts from Selena Roberts and David Epstein‘s article, which claims Armstrong had three tests with unusually high testosterone-epitestosterone levels.

ARMSTRONG TIED TO THREE TESTS INDICATING UNUSUALLY HIGH TESTOSTERONE – EPISTOSTERONE LEVELS

According to Dr. Donald Catlin’s estimate, his lab at UCLA performed more than two dozen tests of Armstrong between 1990 and 2000. In May 1999, USA Cycling sent a formal request to Catlin for past test results – specifically, testosterone-epitestosterone (T:E) ratios – for a cyclist identified by a source with knowledge of the request as Lance Armstrong. Three results indicated high T:E ratios, specifically: a 9.0-to-1 ratio from a sample collected on June 23, 1993; a 7.6-to-1 from July 7, 1994; and a 6.5-to-1 from June 4, 1996. Read more

Getty Images Photographer Wins Shot of the Season

Mike Hewitt has a new trophy for his mantle: Barclays Shot of the Season Award for 2010. The Getty Images photog caught Darren Bent’s shot deflecting off a beach ball and into Pepe Reina’s goal.

“I remember driving up to Sunderland from my home in Brighton hoping for something dramatic – the beach ball certainly made the trip worthwhile!” he said.

Bradley Ormesher won Barclays Photographer of the Season 2010. Some of his shots are after the jump. Read more

Hell in a Cell: WWE Launches Mobile Magazine

World Wrestling Entertainment has an Official Mobile Magazine. For $2.99 a month, the weekly publication promises to be “stuffed with as much content as your phone can handle,” like interviews with wrestling stars, blog posts and breaking news. Let’s hope your phone can fight back.

The application is the latest in a series of Mozines from startup company ThumbMedia Group in Burbank, CA, which designs and distributes mobile magazines for publishers across multiple platforms. Mozine also created the ad for the application, which ran in the October issue of the print edition. Said ThumbMedia CEO Mike Cartabiano:

We’ve just launched on the iPhone and we’re already #85 on the top 200 paid entertainment applications, which is pretty spectacular. We have – last time I looked – a 5-star rating. We’re happy, they’re happy, it’s been a very seamless process for the WWE team in working with us.

Android and Blackberry editions are coming soon.

Brokaw on Olbermann, MTP’s Future and McCain

brokaw_9-30.jpgIn a wide-ranging profile of NBC News’ Tom Brokaw, as well as an analysis of his Meet the Press moderation thus far, the New York Times’ Jacques Steinberg delves into a variety of topics.

Brokaw tells Steinberg he “advocated” for a modification to the anchor duties of MSNBC hosts Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews during election nights. His reasoning came with praise for the Countdown host. “Keith is an articulate guy who writes well and doesn’t make his arguments in a ‘So’s your old mother’ kind of way,” he said. “The mistake was to think he could fill both roles. The other mistake was to think he wouldn’t be tempted to use the anchor position to engage in commentary. That’s who he is.”

As Brokaw told TVNewser in St. Paul, he echoed the claim he would be ending his Meet the Press moderating duties shortly after November’s election. Steinberg quotes a “person who had been briefed on the proposal” regarding what will happen after Brokaw leaves the chair: “[NBC] is leaning toward an ensemble of hosts that would be led by Chuck Todd, NBC’s political director, and include David Gregory.”

Click continued to see how Brokaw has “conducted some shuttle diplomacy” between NBC News and the McCain campaign…

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