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Report: NFL pressured ESPN to drop documentary

The New York Times | Deadspin
A "combative meeting" between NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Network President Steve Bornstein, ESPN President John Skipper and ESPN executive John Wildhack preceded ESPN's decision to abandon an investigation into head injuries, James Andrew Miller reports. During the meeting, Miller's sources say, "league officials conveyed their displeasure with the direction of the documentary, which is expected to describe a narrative that has been captured in various news reports over the past decade: the league turning a blind eye to evidence that players were sustaining brain trauma on the field that could lead to profound, long-term cognitive disability." ESPN and PBS' "Frontline" have been working on the documentary for 15 months, Miller writes. It will air on PBS in October. “Nothing we’ve been told by anybody suggests that they’re backing off on the journalism," Mark Fainaru-Wada, one of the reporters upon whose work the documentary is based, told the Times.

ESPN confirms it will hire bloggers to cover every NFL team

ESPN will hire bloggers to cover every NFL team, Rob King confirmed by phone Monday afternoon. "If you're going to place a bet anywhere, place it on the NFL," said King, ESPN's senior vice president for content, digital & print media.

Jason McIntyre reported last June that ESPN planned the hires, but ESPN wouldn't comment. Monday John Keim announced he was leaving The Washington Post to cover the Redskins for ESPN, and news broke earlier this month that Mike Wells had left the Indianapolis Star for the sports giant.

ESPN already has local sites that cover sports in New York, Chicago, Boston, Dallas and Los Angeles, as well as blogs that cover individual NFL conferences. "Everyone's staying on," said King, who is a member of Poynter's National Advisory Board. All in all, ESPN planned 19 new hires, King said, and the network has decisions or offers out on all but three spots. (more...)

After a month at Washington Post, John Keim leaves for ESPN

The Washington Post
On July 1, The Washington Post welcomed John Keim to the Washington Redskins beat. Monday morning, it announced he is leaving for ESPN.

"It was fun while it lasted," Keim writes in a farewell post.
The tough part is leaving behind a fantastic group at The Post. But ESPN made an offer that The Post couldn’t match. I might add, if there were two places I’d love to cover the Redskins these would be the top two places on my list – last year, this year, next year and forever. Both presented opportunities that played to my strengths. Both would qualify as dream positions.
Keim has covered the Redskins since 1994. He came to the Post from The Washington Examiner, which announced it would lay off most of its local reporters and shift its focus to national news and opinion earlier this year. It published its last daily edition in June. (more...)

ESPN bought Nate Silver’s domain

ESPN purchased the domain and URL, Michael Calderone reports.  

ESPN officially announced Silver's move from The New York Times Monday after the Times' Brian Stelter reported it. When announcing his alliance with the Times in 2010, Silver wrote, "The partnership agreement, which is structured as a license, has a term of three years."

Silver told Poynter in early 2011 that FiveThirtyEight's traffic grew 40 percent after he moved the blog to the Times. The traffic benefit soon accrued to the Times -- on Nov. 5, 20 percent of visitors stopped at Silver's blog, Marc Tracy reported.

Silver said on Twitter that ESPN's Grantland is "a model for what new 538 will look like." The publication will hire some people, he wrote in the tweet. So it follows that ESPN would want to own the URL. But it's not like giving up the valuable fivethirtyeight URL would sink future Silver ventures, should he and ESPN divorce. (more...)
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Media types look for narratives in news about Nate Silver leaving NYT

Nate Silver took a victory lap after the 2012 presidential election, saying Politico "want[s] to create noise, basically" and that punditry is "fundamentally useless."

So it's a little funny to see media pundits examining the news -- which Brian Stelter reported Friday -- that Silver is leaving The New York Times for ESPN. (more...)

ESPN will close 3D sports network

TVNewsCheck | The Verge
ESPN's channel that showed sports in 3D will close by the end of 2013, Andrew Dodson reports.

“Due to limited viewer adoption of 3D services to the home, ESPN is discontinuing ESPN 3D," the network said in a statement. "We are committing our 3D resources to other products and services that will better serve fans and affiliates. Nobody knows more about sports in 3D than ESPN, and we will be ready to provide the service to fans if or when 3D does take off.” (more...)
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New ESPN ombud Robert Lipsyte talks about his role

Ask if Robert Lipsyte is going to be particularly critical as ESPN’s new ombudsman, and he mentions a little piece he penned for Slate magazine back in June 2011. The piece dismantles the 763-page oral history of ESPN, “Those Read more


Did Deadspin beat ESPN to the Te’o story because it didn’t care about preserving ‘access’?

Sports Illustrated | Journo2Go
It was a story of two tips.

The first, as Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch reports, came to ESPN late on Jan. 10. The second came to Deadspin on Jan. 11. Both were similar: Something seems fishy about this Manti Te'o girlfriend story, you should check it out.

What happened after? (more...)
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Jemele Hill responds to racist letter: ‘I’m called something derogatory on a daily basis’

ESPN's Jemele Hill ignited a conversation about race Friday after sharing a racially charged note she received from a viewer. Hill posted a photo of the note on Twitter and on Facebook, where it has generated hundreds of shares and comments.

The note, which was addressed to "management," criticizes Hill for her role as a female African American sportscaster -- and for not liking golf.

Hill said her initial response to the note was “laughter.”

“I don't want to downplay the seriousness of it ... but I'm called something derogatory on a daily basis," she said via email. "But that's usually via email or Twitter. The fact that this occurred through snail mail makes it unique.” Facebook commenters have referred to the note as "sad," "pathetic," and "unbelievable."   (more...)

Poynter concludes tenure as ESPN ombud with 6 lessons learned

With this column, the Poynter Review Project’s work comes to an end.

After nearly 40 columns reviewing ESPN content across all platforms, we’ll close with lessons learned over 18 months of observing the network’s various media outlets, examining their successes … Read more