Over the past few weeks Bissinger, a longtime contributor for
"It's irresistible to make fun of Cleveland," Bissinger said. "They do lead the league in defensiveness. I'm sorry, it is irresistible to make fun of them. I don't mean to be a provocateur on LeBron, but I have had some experience, not only with him but with the people he knows. I think he is looking for a reason to stay in Cleveland. I don't think he should stay in Cleveland, but I think he really wants to stay there if he can figure out a way, and obviously that way is for them to do something. I don't think he wants to go to New York. Some people want him to go. I talk about LeBron because I feel I have some basis of knowledge."
Bissinger tweets on his iPad, in the morning and evening. He said he likes the challenge of saying something in 140 characters, though he admits he sometimes gets "too punchy" after too many tweets. As for his lexicon choices, Bissinger says, "someone on Twitter used the term 'douche juice' and I began to use it and people liked it. I realize people probably say, 'Jesus, he is pathetic as a blogger.' I guess that's true. I guess if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. I mean, this is the wave of the future. I can rail at it, fight against it, and I love print, but if this is where it's going to be, you might as well participate. Some people hate it and think it's ridiculous, and some people think it's funny and like the fact that I am willing to express opinions."
Most of the people Bissinger follows are sports-related and so are his tweets, with some local politics occasionally thrown in. "I found an outlet to say things about sports I believe in, and I don't have a regular outlet to do that," he said. "The 140 characters is difficult. If you want to say something, you have to say it very quickly and brief. You have to be pithy or profane to make your point. But for someone who writes books and 10,000-word pieces for
Bissinger said he is looking for as many followers as possible. "How many does
Broussard said James will become his full-time job once the NBA Draft concludes. He'll be part of an elite group of NBA writers, including Windhorst, who will try to get the story of the year. "As a journalist, you want to break stories, and this is the biggest story in who knows how long," Broussard said. "It's big. Everybody wants to break big stories, and it doesn't get any bigger than this."
Brown isn't for everyone, as
"My goals were modest," Werder said. "I just wanted to raise enough money to get her a chef, help with the kids or to get somebody to mow the grass. Plenty of employees have contributed, including some high-profile former ESPN staffers. ESPN executive producer
Battsek said that he and his filmmakers (full marks to director
Those players were paid what Battsek called a "nominal fee" for their cooperation. "I hope for an American audience, they get a sense of just how momentous what these guys did was," said Battsek. "What I love about this is you get a sense of the grace of the game, the respect of the game, and the reverence these men have of the game. We recorded a testimony from a unique group of men, and all of them have had enough time to reflect on what they did and talk about it in a way that is deeply sensitive. It's just not a way we are used to hearing footballers speak."
"He's just ... a talking head," Van Gundy told NBA Fanhouse. "I have refused to be on PTI for years, for five years. I follow that stuff. If you go on guys' shows, they don't criticize you. If you won't go on their show, they do. That stuff is never known. There's a lack of integrity in that business.''
Wilbon countered Van Gundy's charges on PTI