New Tell-All ESPN Book Could Be the Most Important Sports Book Ever Published

Michael AkelsonCorrespondent IMay 27, 2011

Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN

Earlier this week writers James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales published an ESPN tell-all book titled Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN, and believe me, at over 700 pages, it really does tell it all.

So what you're probably wondering is what is the book about? Is it about the friendship of Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon? Or what Chris Berman does to get ready before he goes on the air? Why should I waste my money to read about that?

At first I thought the same thing, but then I found out what it was really about, and I couldn't believe what I was hearing.

Miller and Shales have combined to talk to nearly every major ESPN personality (former and current), and what they've pieced together because of it is nothing short of mesmerizing. 

It turns out that what goes on behind cameras in Bristol, CT is much more interesting than anything that ever goes on in front of them.

Drug use, racism, sexual harassment, backstabbing, fights, feuds, casual sex and adultery: It's not uncommon to see any of this in Bristol.

Miller and Shales' previous tell-all book Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live, as Told By Its Stars, Writers and Guests, was awesome, but in terms of importance, it pales in comparison to their newest book.

SNL was a cultural phenomenon and one of the most popular television programs of all time, but we expect Eddie Murphy and Chris Farley to be doing all kinds of drugs and other crazy things.

What we don't expect is to find out that ESPN employees screw in the staircases. 

Like I said before, SNL was a cultural phenomenon. ESPN, on the other hand, is one of the most important innovations in the history of American television. 

This is HUGE.

Five hundred people were interviewed for this book, ranging from lowly cameramen to President Barack Obama.

The novel talks not only about what goes on with employees, but also about ESPN's unlikely and incredible rise to fame.

Everything you could possibly ever want to know about ESPN is in this book—in fact, more than you would ever want to know.

ESPN's three biggest personalities—Chris Berman, Bill Simmons and Tony Kornheiser—are the focal points of the book, especially Berman, who is portrayed as the biggest A-hole on the planet by many of his co-workers.

That is why this book could possibly become the most important sports book ever published, and maybe the most important book ever written about television—because nothing is off limits.

From former employees providing all the dirt about how ESPN treated them to current personalities selling out their coworkers, this will most certainly be a nightmare for ESPN.

Maybe the biggest PR disaster ever.

Just to give you an idea on what to expect, click here for an excerpt from the book about the Mike Tirico-Tony Kornheiser feud.

You're gonna want to read this one, folks, so pick up your copy here.