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ESPN ombudsman exposes jarring beliefs about conflicts of interest inside Bristol

During his tenure as ESPN ombudsman, Robert Lipsyte has done a phenomenal job of pushing into some of the most controversial areas of the network (something sadly neglected by some previous ombudsmen: still waiting on that Craig James post, Poynter!). He’s looked at thorny issues such as Chris Broussard and Jason Collins, inconsistent discipline and […]

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Does ESPN have a double standard with Skip Bayless and Bill Simmons?

It’s no secret that ESPN’s internal discipline has often been inconsistent; they even admit that, with vice-president Patrick Steigman (Bristol’s director of digital and print media) telling ombudsman Robert Lipsyte in September, “We don’t treat everyone the same but we treat everyone fairly.” Still, this week has set up a double standard that seems farfetched even […]

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Dissecting Deadspin’s Cory Gardner gaffe

Deadspin has substantial egg on their face thanks to Dave McKenna’s story about U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner (currently a Republican congressman from Colorado) not playing high-school football being proven substantially wrong. To their credit, they’ve largely faced up to the blame for it, publishing an update (but not an official correction or apology), as well as a second […]

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Bill Simmons in Chapters: The Complete Series

Over the last decade, Bill Simmons has become one of the most important figures in sports. He’s an incredibly popular ESPN columnist and podcaster, the editor-in-chief of his own site at Grantland, a key figure in the 30 for 30 series’ formation, a regular presence on TV and an opinionated personality whose three week suspension for criticizing Roger […]

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Bill Simmons In Chapters: Welcome To The Trade Machine

Over the last decade, Bill Simmons has become one of the most important figures in sports. He’s an incredibly popular ESPN columnist and podcaster, the editor-in-chief of his own site at Grantland, a key figure in the 30 for 30 series’ formation, a regular presence on TV and an opinionated personality whose three week suspension for criticizing Roger […]

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Bill Simmons In Chapters: Top Of The Pyramid

Over the last decade, Bill Simmons has become one of the most important figures in sports. He’s an incredibly popular ESPN columnist and podcaster, the editor-in-chief of his own site at Grantland, a key figure in the 30 for 30 series’ formation, a regular presence on TV and an opinionated personality whose three week suspension for criticizing Roger […]

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Bill Simmons In Chapters: Sports Guy to Sports Czar

Over the last decade, Bill Simmons has become one of the most important figures in sports. He’s an incredibly popular ESPN columnist and podcaster, the editor-in-chief of his own site at Grantland, a key figure in the 30 for 30 series’ formation, a regular presence on TV and an opinionated personality whose three week suspension for criticizing Roger […]

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Bill Simmons in Chapters: The BS Report Hits the Fan

Over the last decade, Bill Simmons has become one of the most important figures in sports. He’s an incredibly popular ESPN columnist and podcaster, the editor-in-chief of his own site at Grantland, a key figure in the 30 for 30 series’ formation, a regular presence on TV and an opinionated personality whose three week suspension for criticizing Roger […]

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Bill Simmons In Chapters – Chapter I: Rise Of The Sports Guy

Over the last decade, Bill Simmons has become one of the most important figures in sports. He’s an incredibly popular ESPN columnist and podcaster, the editor-in-chief of his own site at Grantland, a key figure in the 30 for 30 series’ formation, a regular presence on TV and an opinionated personality whose three week suspension for criticizing […]

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Will Bill Simmons’ suspension prove a tipping point in his relationship with ESPN?

Bill Simmons’ three-week suspension for his podcast comments on Roger Goodell is incredibly harsh by ESPN’s standards and yet another example of the company’s inconsistent discipline policies, but it also may have significant repercussions for the relationship between Simmons and his employer. While that’s been a rocky relationship at numerous times, such as Simmons’ 2013 three-day suspension from […]

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Matthew Berry, fantasy football, and the challenges of #TooSoon

The past week saw plenty of NFL stories that went far beyond the on-field games, particularly those on Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy and Ray McDonald. While those stories had on-field implications (and thus, fantasy implications), some felt the severity of the off-field incidents should preclude any early discussion of what those incidents and the punishment […]

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Donte Stallworth will have to prove critics wrong at Huffington Post

This week’s news that the Huffington Post hired former NFL wide receiver Donte Stallworth to cover politics and national security has drawn plenty of criticism for several reasons; Stallworth pled guilty to DUI manslaughter in 2009, has made questionable comments about 9/11 conspiracies in the past and doesn’t have a journalism background. However, while all […]

Canadian university prevents its own newspaper from covering athletics

One of the growing trends in sports is a desire for leagues, teams and institutions to control the message, often by restricting access, and this may be particularly true at the collegiate level. In the NCAA, we’ve seen schools from Michigan to Louisville ban student newspapers and schools from South Carolina to Florida International (this week!) try […]

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