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Unique visitor traffic for ESPN from mobile devices exceeded that for desktops in September. (Depositphotos)

ESPN’s unique mobile visitors surpass desktop: ‘We’ve seen this coming for years’

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Mobile edged desktop 47.4 million to 46.1 million in unique visitors to ESPN in September, dealing the desktop site its first loss to long-time underdog mobile.

It’s a milestone already reached by Buzzfeed. BBC News saw majority mobile traffic for two days in July. And LinkedIn expects to get there next year.

Unique visitors isn’t a perfect metric for readership, and ESPN users still spent more time overall on the desktop site than on mobile. But the fact that the number of visitors to ESPN’s apps and mobile website now surpasses visitors to the desktop site helps validate the company’s belief in mobile, said Rob King, ESPN’s senior vice president for content, digital & print media, via phone.… Read more

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What the ESPN/Frontline breakup teaches us about investigative reporting

As we put the pieces together in this week’s ESPN/Frontline breakup, we’ve learned something about investigative journalism: it’s incredibly difficult for a news organization to hold its own partners accountable.

That may have been obvious. But for the 18 months I was the lead writer on the Poynter Review Project, which served as ESPN’s ombudsman, the brass in Bristol, Conn., insisted ESPN could do both.

We don’t surprise our partners, ESPN executives told me. But they always added that not surprising partners wasn’t the same as not investigating them, as ESPN and Frontline were doing with the NFL. And indeed, ESPN has amassed a remarkable body of work on the subject at hand, the long-term effects of concussions on professional football players.

But investigative reporting is more than just acknowledging harsh realities.… Read more

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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.… Read more

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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.… Read more

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

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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.… Read more

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ESPN bought Nate Silver’s domain

ESPN purchased the fivethirtyeight.com 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 NYTimes.com 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.… Read 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.… Read more

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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.”… Read 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 Guys Have All the Fun.”

In that review, Lipsyte — who once worked on ESPN’s SportsCentury and Classic Sports Reporters shows, among many prestigious sports journalism jobs — criticized the authors for not being tough enough on the Worldwide Leader in Sports.

Why didn’t they look at how ESPN’s cheerleading affected America’s perception of celebrity athlete, or its problems covering athletes it also pays? (“The phrase ‘conflict of interest’ seems flabby,” he wrote then.)

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Turns out, when top ESPN executive John A. Walsh called to ask if he would be interested in the job, Lipsyte eventually sent him that column — which also indirectly called Walsh “controlling,” “Machiavellian” and “a genius.”

It was an example of the type of work he’d be doing as the outlet’s fifth ombudsman; an independent columnist who reviews ESPN’s journalism on ESPN’s website.… Read more

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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?… Read more

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