SBD/January 20, 2011/Media

Jim Miller Discusses His Forthcoming Tell-All Book On ESPN

Miller's book on ESPN will be released in May
The “suspense is building at ESPN” over the forthcoming tell-all book, “Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN,” and co-author Jim Miller shared some thoughts on the project with Michael McCarthy of USA TODAY. Miller said it “took about a year” for ESPN to grant him the access necessary to write the book, due out May 24. Miller: “They originally decided they did not want to participate. That did not stop progress on the book. I wasn't able to go on campus or talk to a lot of people there. I spent that year there doing a lot of research and talking to people who'd already left the company. It was about a year later when they said, 'OK you can come up.'" He said the net "left it up to individuals" whether they wanted to participate in the project, as ESPN "never forced anybody to talk and they never told anyone they could not.” Miller interviewed several ESPN execs and personalities for the book, including George Bodenheimer, John Skipper, Norby Williamson and John Walsh. He said, “I was really pleased that I was able to interview Chet Simmons three times before he died. That meant a lot to me. I've interviewed every president in the company's (31-year) history. The book would not have been the same without them.” Miller added, “I was really pleased that people like Bob Ley and Chris Berman and Stuart Scott all cooperated. Dan Patrick, Peter Gammons, Dick Vitale, Robin Roberts, Keith Olbermann, Craig Kilborn, Andrea Kremer, Lesley Visser, Pam Oliver.” When asked which interviewees surprised him, Miller said, “When you interview Berman you know what you're going to get. ... People have a way on camera. Then when you sit down personally, there's so much more. I'll give you an example. John Saunders. He's Canadian and rather reserved on the air. … I just found him to be so open and so honest and so frank and so funny” (USATODAY.com, 1/19).

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