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“ Sexual harassment was an ongoing issue. In the late ’80s the problem got so bad that anchor Karie Ross actually stood up in front of 200 or so people in the cafeteria and demanded that it stop. Her plea didn’t have much impact.”
That’s Entertainment Weekly on some of the small excerpts they posted from the new ESPN expose, due to hit bookstores next week. The network has already begun damage control, and given the amount of unpleasant behavior chronicled in just a few small snippets, they’re going to be at it for quite some time.
“ A team is where you have your teammate’s back regardless of what happens; you defend them and you sort out any dirty laundry quietly behind closed doors. There was almost none of that at ESPN. There was no encouragement, because the atmosphere was one of stick the knife in his back, climb the corporate ladder. It was a very, very negative place to work. Don’t believe the mascot promos. Life is not like that at SportsCenter. The prevailing idea was that the network was much more important than individuals.”
Breaking News: ESPN Reacts Toward Criticism Exactly Like You’d Expect ESPN To React Toward Criticism. My colleague at Deadspin, Tommy Craggs, was reportedly on the verge of joining ESPN writer Bill Simmons’ fancy new website, Grantland (awful name), when the offer was rescinded because Craggs wrote a Deadspin post making fun of ESPN, something Craggs and Deadspin have done every week from pretty much the beginning of time. And the whole awkward story just goes to prove that even when ESPN tries to do something new and exciting, it’ll always be ruined in the most ESPN-like way possible.
ESPN To Blog About ESPN And All The Wonderful Things ESPN Does ESPN ESPN ESPN. Say, sports fans: Don’t you just love it when ESPN decides to make itself the story over the sports they cover? So do I! Thankfully, the network has heard your cries for more self-reverence and decided to start a blog covering ESPN. Best of all? “The communications department site is not expected to compete with the role of the ESPN ombudsman because it’s being operated by ESPN’s PR department.” NICE! I was praying that ESPN’s blog about itself would be run by its PR department. That way, I can make sure that I never have to worry about the site talking about ethical lapses and/or ESPN employees getting in trouble with the law! It’s win-win, really.
[Sports Business Daily]
“ Blake Montpetit, the co-owner of Tiffany Sports Lounge in St. Paul, says he plans to cook a 180-pound black bear in a pig-roaster over hickory and charcoal on Sunday.”
This Is Unlikely to Be Aired During the NFC Championship. The Bear was shot in Wisconsin by Montpetit’s cousin, so it’s still fair game for Packers fans to do this. Cincinnati fans are allowed to order Skyline Chili to any bar nationwide, and Packer fans are allowed to kill, dress and pig-roast opposing mascots so long as said mascot was caught within the borders of Wisconsin of the upper peninsula of Michigan. (H/T @drewmagary)
Merril Hoge’s Tie Knot Can Comfortably Seat Seven. From the Put This On blog, who ask, “How about a little shirt to go with your tie knot?” One day, Merril Hoge will wear the pink sweater vest and velvet blazer that Shannon Sharpe wore yesterday on CBS, and the universe will implode.
“ The pregame altercation got us going. It had us ready. We came back into the locker room pumped. We were like pit bulls, ready to get out of the cage.”
What a silly choice of words. Didn’t think that one through.