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LeBron’s SI announcement was the anti-‘Decision’

It looks like he didn’t want to once again incur fan wrath with his latest movement announcement

Last Friday the sports world was astonished by two stories. First, the NBA's best player, LeBron James, was reversing his... More

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Game change

In 20 years, football may look very different from the sport we know today. Will the fans, and the media, care?

Two thousand thirteen was an annus horribilis for the National Football League. Its signature event, the Super Bowl, was subjected... More

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Odd men out

Burke is key to ESPN’s lineup overhaul for NBA Countdown

Like most pre-game shows, ESPN's NBA Countdown was less an acquired taste than a settled-for taste, like the restaurant you... More

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Couch reporters

The NFL is a made-for-TV-specatcle; it should be covered as such

Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, a sports-talk radio host on Sirius/XM satellite radio (and formerly half of the best and most... More

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Matt Harvey’s bad form

The injured pitcher didn’t get the memo about what transpires on The Dan Patrick Show

Wednesday, New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey appeared on the Dan Patrick Show, a national radio program simulcast on NBS... More

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ESPN-Frontline deal was destined to implode

They’re in different businesses, after all

Correction appended When ESPN teamed with Frontline to cover the NFL safety and concussions beat last year, the sports network... More

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The game has changed

As moves by Nate Silver and Pete King suggest, it’s better to be cocooned inside Big Media than go it alone—even for stars

Over the weekend, the media world was shaken by the announcement that mathematical guru Nate Silver, the dude who buried... More

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Stupidity trap

Atlanta’s ‘Mayhem in the A.M.’ were smart sports-talkers—until Monday

I live in Atlanta and have two small children, so I am up early and often in the car, schlepping... More

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ESPN’s interchangeable women

To the Bristol brass, it’s the network, not the talent, that makes the star

In recent months, ESPN has taken a distinctly Bill Belichick-ian approach to its on-air talent, in particular its female announcers.... More

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Room for two

New Yorker, Grantland go head to head on Iditarod coverage

Certainly a thousand-mile race across the vast empty expanse of the Alaskan wilderness has room for two massive, longform articles... More

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TNT’s silly experiment

NBA game with no play-by-play guy? Um, maybe not.

Late last week, TNT tried an experiment on its weekly national NBA telecast. During the second game of its doubleheader,... More

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No sweat on ESPN’s brow

Fox Sports 1 won’t be able to paint itself as the ‘fair and balanced’ alternative

Terry Bradshaw. Erin Andrews. Tim McCarver. Even Regis Philbin. All the stars in the Fox Sports galaxy gathered Tuesday afternoon... More

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Towering babble

CBS Sports fumbles Super-Bowl power failure

The true test of a team or an athlete is how they perform in a crisis, when the game goes... More

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X-treme denial

Why aren’t the player-safety concerns that dog the NFL an issue in ESPN’s X Games?

It's Super Bowl week, but the majority of talk from the pigskin chattering class revolved around football's existential nature, thanks... More

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Being good isn’t enough

The sports media needed Manti Te’o to have a compelling back story

Just how much confirmation does a reporter require before going with a story? Can any source be trusted? If something... More

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Tough guys

The press is complicit in the NFL’s ‘warrior mentality’

Last Sunday the Washington Redskins lost more than a playoff game. Their star rookie quarterback, Robert Griffin III, a.k.a. “RG3,”... More

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Must-reads of 2012: sports

Lebron, Paterno, and fabricating race times

As 2012 draws to a close, CJR writers brainstormed the year's best reads in their beats. Patrick Hruby did an... More

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Giving the Jovan Belcher story its due

On the NFL pre-game shows, Bob Costas distinguished himself by using the KC tragedy to talk about gun control; James Brown did not

I long ago vowed not to watch the NFL pregame shows that are foisted on football fans for hours on... More

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ESPN’s unreality-based coverage

Karl Rove’s got nothing on the boys from Bristol

One of the main takeaways from last week’s election was that conservatives were living in a bubble of delusion, convinced... More

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Cancer made Lance Armstrong hard to hate

It also made it easy for sports writers to ignore those pesky doping allegations

The final ace was pulled from Lance Armstrong’s house of cards Monday when the International Cycling Union (UCI) stripped Armstrong... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

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