Yesterday I reported that ESPN management attempted to script questions that ESPN radio hosts asked Those Guys Have All The Fun co-author Jim Miller during three interviews about the ESPN-centric book on Tuesday.
Former longtime ESPN on-air talents Dan Patrick and Rich Eisen talked about the unprecedented practice on Patrick’s nationally syndicated FOX Sports Radio and Direct TV show on Friday.
Dan Patrick: “Did you see the report from Sports by Brooks that the mothership (ESPN) had the (ESPN book) author (Jim Miller) on and they had scripted questions to ask him?”
Rich Eisen: “No. No! On which show?”
Patrick: “Mike & Mike and .. ”
Eisen: “The magical van peezy (Scott Van Pelt)? I heard he had a very good interview with him.”
Patrick: “They had recommended questions for the author. How silly is that?!”
Eisen: “When he goes on next week with (Bill) Simmons I imagine that won’t be happening.”
Patrick: “Simmons wants to be anti-ESPN while being all things ESPN. … From what I’m told, there were suggested questions that you may want to ..”
Eisen: “The horse is out of the barn with that book.”
Patrick: “I know, it’s silly.”
Eisen: “700 pages worth!”
Patrick: “I know, it is silly. That’s what Sports by Brooks is reporting and this is dead solid here.”