Posts by Ed Sherman

About Ed Sherman

Sherman wrote for the Chicago Tribune for 27 years covering the 1985 Bears Super Bowl season, the White Sox, college football, golf and sports media. Sherman also penned a sports business blog for Crain’s Chicago Business and currently blogs at ShermanReport.com, as well as writing for the Chicago Tribune and the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana University.
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The Undefeated is impressive, but not radical, on opening day

The Undefeated also could be called The Unconventional. At least, that's the plan laid out by Editor-in-Chief Kevin Merida. During many interviews, including one with Poynter, Merida repeatedly articulated The Undefeated’s motto: “Not conventional. Never boring.” The Undefeated, which has been in the works since 2013, finally made its long-awaited debut Tuesday. The new ESPN site, aimed at finding … Read More
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Video reveals vile online attacks on female sports reporters

If you haven’t seen the video, you are in a growing minority. Take a moment and join the nearly 3.3 million people who have watched “#MoreThanMean” on YouTube. More than a week has passed since this highly important video was posted, and the participants still are overwhelmed by the fallout. “We didn’t think it would explode the way it … Read More
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Chicago Blackhawks beat writer on coming out: ‘Nothing’s changed’

When I talked to Chris Hine last week about being a gay sportswriter, I asked if he ever heard any homophobic slurs in a pro team locker room, where the language often is politically incorrect. Hine. (Image via Twitter) “I can’t recall when someone said something that made me feel uncomfortable,” said Hine, the Chicago Tribune’s beat writer for the … Read More
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After 6 decades, Dan Jenkins is still covering the Masters — and having a blast

To put Dan Jenkins’ longevity in perspective, Jordan Spieth’s parents weren’t born when he covered his first Masters. Jenkins is back at Augusta National, where he has spent more than a year of his life. This week marks his 66th Masters, a run dating back to 1951 when Ben Hogan won his first green jacket. Jenkins, 86, continues to write … Read More
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Credentials come first for Alison Overholt, the first female editor of a major U.S. sports magazine

Alison Overholt never expected to make this kind of history. Not in 2016. When Overholt was named editor of ESPN The Magazine in February, research revealed that she is the first woman to be editor of a national, general-interest sports magazine. (Sports Illustrated for Women, which lasted from 1999-2002, did have women editors). Overholt’s groundbreaking promotion seems hard to … Read More
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John Feinstein's secret to developing relationships? Hanging around.

Imagine how history would have been different. John Feinstein actually first approached Dean Smith, not Bob Knight, for the book that became “A Season on the Brink.” After North Carolina won the national title in 1982, Feinstein, then a young reporter for The Washington Post, pitched the idea of doing a behind-the-scenes examination of Smith and his program. Smith … Read More
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Rachel Nichols returns to ESPN, and she isn't pulling punches

As reputations go in journalism, it doesn’t get much better than being known as a reporter who asks tough questions. That’s the common narrative in stories about Rachel Nichols. Sports Illustrated once called her “the country's most impactful and prominent female sports journalist” because of her ability to ask tough-but-fairs. A recent GQ profile featured the headline: “Rachel … Read More
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The game plan for Adrian Wojnarowski's new site? Break stories, and readers will follow

Adrian Wojnarowski was working at 2:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning, because that’s what he does. He received a tip that the Phoenix Suns just fired coach Jeff Hornacek. The timing couldn’t have been better for his recently launched NBA site on Yahoo Sports, The Vertical with Woj. Wojnarowski woke up Joe Garza, the site’s managing editor. “I apologized … Read More
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The secret to covering the Super Bowl? Break away from the pack

A new book has a telling passage that shows how much the media and the Super Bowl has changed. In "When It Was Just A Game: Remembering the First Super Bowl," author Harvey Frommer writes about what passed for media day prior to the Green Bay-Kansas City game in Los Angeles in 1967. The reporters were invited to the … Read More
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How 2 Washington Post journalists blew open excess spending in college sports

This is low-hanging fruit for reporters who cover a college sports program at public universities. Make that expensive fruit. If they haven't already, reporters should make an open-records request to gain access to the financial report of their school's athletic department that gets filed annually to the NCAA. In many cases, the numbers will be illuminating, if not eye-popping. "These … Read More
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These will be the 5 biggest sports journalism stories in 2016

The best part of this business always is dealing with the unknown. At some point this year, stories will explode that nobody expected. Major issues and controversies will grab everyone’s attention, requiring swift reaction and analysis. So be prepared. Until then, here are a few things to watch for in sports journalism at the dawn of 2016. Undefeated: This will … Read More
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Ed Sherman: The top sports journalism story of the year

To gain perspective on the two biggest stories in sports journalism in 2015, you need to dial up a podcast from two years ago. On Aug. 15, 2013, Jason Whitlock was Bill Simmons’ guest on his “BS Report” podcast for Grantland. Yes, it can be found, and in light of what happened this year, the interview sounds laughable and … Read More
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Legendary L.A. Times sports journalist on the past and future of sports reporting

Bill Dwyre (Screengrab from L.A. Times)You will be hard pressed to find anyone with a more unique perspective on the epic shifts in sports journalism than Bill Dwyre. After 25 years as sports editor of the Los Angeles Times, Dwyre sought a change in 2006. He wanted to spend the final years of his career writing as a columnist. Read More
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The problem with the dwindling media access to college athletes

One-on-one interviews with college football players, like West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White, are getting hard to come by. (AP Photo file photo 2014)During my early days as the new national college football writer for the Chicago Tribune, I went to Florida State to do a story on Deion Sanders in 1988. He was the big star for the … Read More
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One journalist's journey from ESPN to shining shoes

Screengrab from the Jeff-Bradley.com post about the sportswriter's out-of-work life. For the bulk of his professional life, Jeff Bradley has spent his summers at a Major League ballpark. He had high-profile beats covering baseball for ESPN The Magazine and the Newark Star-Ledger. But last summer was different. Struggling to make ends meet ever since being let go by the … Read More