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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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ESPN Ombudsman Returns From Summer Vacation

After a two-month hiatus, ESPN Ombudsman Don Ohlmeyer chimed in on his thoughts on ESPN.com pulling Arash Markazi‘s column on LeBron James and the recent arrest of Jay Mariotti.

Writing for the first time since July 21, Ohlmeyer went into great detail the editing process at ESPN.com and why the editors decided to ax Markazi’s recap of a night in Las Vegas with LeBron James.

And no, according to Ohlmeyer, it had nothing to do with protecting their relationship with James:

The more the editors contemplated Markazi’s story and how it was gathered, the less it felt like a news report and the more it felt like tabloid “gotcha” journalism.Since the interaction was not on the record, it became eavesdropping on James’ private life, even in a public place. Reporting on something that ultimately seemed more voyeuristic than important raised pertinent internal questions. Was it fair? Balanced? Were any ethical lines crossed? Is this the kind of journalism ESPN wants to be known for? This is the type of thing we hate when others do it to us, so why would we do it to someone else? King made the final decision not to republish the piece. 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.