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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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No Deal: NFLPA Decides To Decertify

The NFL Players Association announced today it has informed the NFL, NFL clubs and other necessary parties that it has renounced its status as the exclusive collective bargaining representative of the players of the National Football League.

The NFLPA will move forward as a professional trade association with the mission of supporting the interests and rights of current and former professional football players.

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Trying to Solve the NFL's Headhunter Problem

The fallout from the weekend’s spate of brutal hits continues to hit newspapers around the country. The New York Post‘s Steve Serby offers another outraged column, while The New York Times William C. Rhoden suggests a 30-yard penalty for vicious hits.

Good idea, expect it won’t fix anything.

Former New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison – who delivered big hits that earned him the reputation as a dirty player – spoke with his NBC colleague Peter King about what will actually motivates a player.

“You didn’t get my attention when you fined me five grand, 10 grand, 15 grand,” Harrison said. “You got my attention when I got suspended… You have to suspend these guys. These guys are making millions of dollars. The NFL [has to say], ‘We’re going to really protect our players. We’re going to suspend these guys, not one game, but possibly two or more games.’”

Suspensions speak. Fines, not so much.

Our personal favorite suggestion was offered up by this idea from Reuters correspondent Simon Evans:

Americans Buying Liverpool… Again

Liverpool, one of the most storied English Premier League franchises (that’s soccer), is on the verge of being sold to John Henry‘s New England Sports Ventures, the company that owns the Boston Red Sox. Current owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett will lose almost $230 million on the sale, but they don’t have a choice since the Royal Bank of Scotland essentially forced the loathed American duo to sell when it shifted the debt with which they purchased the club into the “bad debts” division. (Hicks and Gillett took out more than $375 million in loans to purchase the club in 2007.)

Since taking over the squad, the two American owners have engendered nothing but hate for both their handling of the club’s finances and their treatment of its loyal fans. There’s even a video (after the jump). Steve McGrath explains in The Wall Street Journal:

Their tenure has seen the club go from winning trophies to languishing in the bottom three of England’s top football league for the first time since the early 1960′s. They’ve failed to build a promised new stadium that would befit such a successful and historical club. And they’ve behaved unlike any other Liverpool owners before them, their arguments sent out through the media for the whole world to see, affecting the performance of the team and management. But, most importantly, they’ve misunderstood Liverpool football club and its family of fans. They’ve broken promise after promise, shown not one ounce of care for the tradition of the club, damaged its reputation, and their continued unwillingness to sell the club has left it on the edge of administration.

It’s so bad that Liverpool fans mobbed Hicks when he went to a bank in Manhattan. Here’s hoping the reign of Henry turns out better.
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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.