Jeremy Schaap honored for uncovering deplorable work conditions in Qatar

ESPN commentators Jeremy (left) and the late Dick Schaap. (Photo by Steve Fenn/ABC)It isn't every day that Jeremy Schaap gets a call from Ethel Kennedy. Mrs. Kennedy was on the line with the good news that ESPN had won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Schaap's "E:60" story on deplorable work conditions in Qatar in preparation … Read More

The growth of women in sports journalism is stagnant

Flanked by Fred Ridley, left and Craig Heathley, Billy Payne, Chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club speaks to reporters during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament on April 8. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)The sports front page of the April 9 edition of USA Today featured two columns from the Masters. Nancy Armour wrote about Bubba Watson, … Read More

Bill Simmons won't appear on ESPN anymore

Sports Illustrated Franchise sports columnist and Grantland co-founder Bill Simmons will no longer appear on any of ESPN's platforms, Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch reports: SI has learned that ESPN and Simmons have worked out an agreement that officially ends his tenure as a front-facing employee for ESPN. Simmons sent an email to Grantland staffers this week informing them … Read More

Bill Simmons and ESPN will both be fine, and so will sports fans

ESPN says that it is parting ways with Bill Simmons, one of its top personalities who created the Grantland website and was instrumental in the network's documentary series. Network president John Skipper said Friday that he decided not to renew Simmons' contract. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) This breakup between ESPN and Bill Simmons was inevitable. Fifteen years ago … Read More

ESPN asks Adam Schefter to take a Twitter holiday during the NFL draft

Adam Schefter’s lifeline is Twitter. And it is quite a lifeline. The NFL reporter for ESPN has 3.73 million Twitter followers. They receive NFL tweets from Schefter early and often on most days. Twitter is a big reason why Schefter carries two cell phones with him. “There are a lot of times when I’m getting news from someone … Read More

With Tiger at the Masters, there will be work for golf reporters

At one time, Robert Lusetich didn’t cover golf for He covered Tiger Woods. Lusetich was assigned to all of his tournaments in 2009. Part of it was due to a book he was writing on Woods, but it also was the result of the insatiable appetite for all things Tiger. After winning his 14th major at the U.S. Open … Read More

Why there's not a single Alex Rodriguez quote in ESPN's 12,000-word profile

J. R. Moehringer spent more than 100 hours with Alex Rodriguez. He saw him in a Batman costume during a New Year’s Eve celebration with his children. He was with him on a day in New York when he met with the new Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred. And then he accompanied him on a visit to the surgeon who … Read More

Deadspin writer tricked by satirical website

Gawker Media site Deadspin continues to set the standard for honest, forthright apologies. Take this one, appended to a bogus story published Wednesday about the 2016 Olympics featuring 3-on-3 basketball: Update: Nah, this isn't happening. I wrote a post based on a satire website, which is just about the dumbest way to fuck up. Sorry. Fuck me. Woulda been … Read More

Stuart Scott was a master codeswitcher and we're all better for it

ESPN commentator Stuart Scott, 2013 (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)Stuart Scott, the ESPN anchor, is gone, dead of cancer at the age of 49.  He leaves behind a splendid legacy in sports journalism, one that has shaped me as a fan, a writer, and an American.  Scott was a master of what is called “code switching,” that quality of … Read More

It's Jan. 5. How are those resolutions?

Good morning and happy 2015. Here are 10 media stories. Remembering Stuart Scott ESPN's Stuart Scott died on Sunday. He was 49. (ESPN) | "Stuart Scott's death at 49 prompted a reminder that, yes, these are real people on TV." (Deadspin) | ESPN staff quietly created Scott's obit video last year. (ESPN) Some jobs are … Read More

Tallahassee police release reporter's contact information after records request

Deadspin | Tallahassee Democrat A public records request from ESPN reporter Paula Lavigne led to the Tallahassee Police Department posting hundreds of public records online – along with her original request and cell phone number – on Christmas Eve. I'm guessing ESPN hack job Paula Lavigne is currently spending Christmas Eve in a phone … Read More