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Bristol braces for book

A nervous pall looms over Bristol, Conn., as the sprawling ESPN campus awaits next Tuesday’s release of perhaps the most anticipated book in sports media history.

It is entitled, “Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN,’’ by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales, a copiously researched work expected to reveal the good and bad about the network’s rise.

The contents have been closely guarded, but readers got their first peek with an excerpt that GQ posted Monday that paints Keith Olbermann (Cornell Class of '79) as ESPN’s evil genius of the 1990s. The focus is the rocky launch of espn2.

Rece Davis recalls a rumor a few years back that he might return to the network, prompting a producer to say he was all for it, as long as “he first has to stand in the reception area, and everybody who wants to gets to come up and punch him in the stomach."

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