EDITOR’S NOTE: As the calendar turns to a new year, Front Row wanted to update an important post we orginally shared in April of 2012.
(UPDATED: March 5, 2013) UPDATED: May 2, 2013
Since that posting, ESPN’s commitment to journalism has continued to display itself across all platforms. Below is an updated list including some of the more recent examples added to what was originally published in April, 2012.
Outside The Lines:
• Several research groups competed to study Junior Seau’s brain after he died. Did the NFL help pick the winner? – Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada
• First public airings of now-former Rutgers coach Mike Rice’s practice tapes. – Don Van Natta Jr. and John Barr
• NCAA President mark Emmert faces scrutiny over handling of Miami case – Tom Farrey
• A in-depth look at how Roger Goodell made the NFL bigger, richer, more powerful — and now more divided — than ever before. — Don Van Natta Jr.
• Behind the scenes of Auburn’s 2010 championship season which uncovered its hidden problem with synthetic marijuana, and the downfall of 4 players charged with armed robbery. – Shaun Assael
• As part of the ongoing collaboration with PBS’s Frontline, OTL looks at the Boston University study on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and how the research is being viewed by the medical community. — Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada
• Doctors discover Junior Seau’s brain had CTE – Steve Fainaru, Mark Fainaru-Wada and ABC’s Jim Avila
• Youth coaches face gambling charges (a follow-up to earlier reporting on gambling on youth sports in Florida) — Paula Lavigne
• NFL Fan Violence — John Barr
• Bounties in Pop Warner — Tom Farrey
• “Football at a Crossroads” series
• The Dallas Cowboys’ dip into the apparel business comes with allegations of sweatshop labor. — Mark Fainaru-Wada and Justine Gubar
• Mike Webster’s brain injury history. — Mark Fainaru-Wada
• Fight on State: In wake of scandal, power struggle spread from Penn State campus to state capital. — Don Van Natta
• UFC Fighter Pay: An investigation into fighter pay in the popular Ultimate Fighting Championship — John Barr
• Bobby Dodd: An investigation of the CEO and president of AAU Basketball, accused of molesting two former players from his youth basketball team in Memphis — Tom Farrey
• Cleve Bryant was fired for harassment after a university investigation determined he made repeated unwanted sexual advances toward a female administrative assistant over a two-year period. – Steve Delsohn
• Bernie Fine: ESPN broke the story that two former Syracuse ball boys were accusing assistant coach Bernie Fine of molesting them. — Mark Schwarz
• The money that moves college sports, in 2010, looked at several hot-button issues facing the NCAA. The topics included Rutgers and the athletic arms race; the role of TV money in college sports; controversy over the use of an athlete’s likeness; renewable scholarships; endowed scholarships and more. — Paula Lavigne
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