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How I Made Armstrong a God—and Denied His Doping

Outside editor Hal Espen admits he looked the other way

(Newser) - Now that Lance Armstrong has resigned from Livestrong and lost his Tour de France titles , someone is feeling guilty: the editor of Outside magazine. Hal Espen lionized Armstrong in the sports mag for years, shrugging off doping accusations and dismissing evidence that drugs had corrupted the sport. "In its... More »

ESPN Fires 'Con Artist' Columnist

Sarah Phillips' real identity was questioned

(Newser) - ESPN has fired a writer who went from being a poster on the message boards at gambling site to being a star columnist at without anybody checking her real identity. Sarah Phillips was sacked soon after Deadspin ran a lengthy expose questioning her identity and accusing... More »

Sports Cartoonist Bill Gallo Dead at 88

'NY Daily News ' says farewell to legend

(Newser) - The New York Daily News is mourning a man described as one of the greatest talents sports journalism has ever seen. Cartoonist and columnist Bill Gallo, who worked for the paper for the best part of 70 years, has died of pneumonia aged 88, reports the New York Times . Gallo,... More »

After Reporter Harassment, NFL Will Brush Up on Rules

Jets owner to foot bill for training program

(Newser) - The NFL says that although there was "unprofessional conduct," New York Jets owner Woody Johnson and his staff acted promptly to correct the situation that arose last weekend when TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz said she felt uncomfortable in the team's locker room. Commissioner Roger Goodell said today... More »

Shut It, Athletes; Just Tweet

Then Frank Deford won't have to listen to crazy guarantees and apologies

(Newser) - Frank Deford doesn’t want to hear your outrageous predictions or tearful faux-apologies, athletes, and he doesn’t want to read about them in the papers, either, reporters. “Come on, guys, just because some jock babbles incoherently, you don't have to pass it on,” he admonishes his fellow... More »

Sex Rehab for Steve Phillips? Oh, Please!

Axed ESPN analyst is just the latest to use 'sex addict' as an excuse

(Newser) - Steve Phillips and his fellow celebrity sex addicts prove "all that's required to claim that a man's transgression is really a disease over which he is powerless is a large bank account, a small degree of fame, a clueless wife. And a straight face," writes Andrea Peyser in... More »

March Madness Sets Standard for Online Sports

(Newser) - If you're reading this with an NCAA tournament game streaming live in another browser tab, you're in good company: In 2008, nearly 5 million people watched March Madness online, reports the Chicago Tribune. The tipping point between novelty and mainstay came 4 years ago, when CBS made access free,... More »

Play-by-Play Booth Still Boys-Only Club

(Newser) - Andrea Kremer’s done nearly everything in sports journalism: produced, directed, and won Emmys for her stories. But come game time, she—like most women sports journalists—are stuck on the sidelines, the Washington Post reports. The play-by-play booth is reserved almost exclusively for men, who will broadcast the Final... More »

Sports-Talk Shoutfest Has Ruined Politics on TV

Wilbon and Kornheiser are great, but CNN should stop imitating them

(Newser) - ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption, a show in which two sports writers “make fun of each other’s male pattern baldness and argue about sports,” often at high volume, is on many fans’ watch list, including political scientist Christopher A. Cooper. Unfortunately, PTI “has ruined American politics,... More »

Mariotti Quits Sun-Times, Newspaper Biz

Future is online, decides contrarian Chicago columnist

(Newser) - Jay Mariotti has resigned from the Chicago Sun-Times, the controversial sports columnist tells the rival Tribune, after observing the toll the Internet has taken on newspapers. “I don't want to go down with it,” said the 47-year-old known for his contrarian opinions and run-ins with colleagues and athletes... More »

Sports Columnists Lost in Digital Transition

Ink-and-paper set, losing touch with their cities and teams, jump for electronic havens

(Newser) - Sports columnists are leaving behind their local teams and newspaper readership in droves for the greener pastures of the online and television worlds, and it's "something to be lamented," writes Robert Weintraub in the Columbia Journalism Review. “The gifted sports columnists often delivered the best writing in... More »

Dan Patrick to Join NBC's Football Night

Move reunites him with former SportsCenter partner Olbermann

(Newser) - Dan Patrick will join NBC's Football Night in America this fall, in a move that reunites him with Keith Olbermann. The two men changed the field of sportscasting with their 1992 debut on ESPN's SportsCenter, writes Broadcasting & Cable. Patrick will keep his radio show and Sports Illustrated column while... More »

Jim McKay Dead at 86

ABC sportscaster was first to win Emmy

(Newser) - Veteran sportscaster and TV journalist Jim McKay has died at age 86 of natural causes, ESPN reports. McKay is most famous for hosting ABC’s Wide World of Sports, and for covering the tragic 1972 Olympics in Munich, which were marred by the Black September attack on Israeli athletes. McKay... More »

How TV, Money Robbed Sports Fans—and Journos

Playing field used to be level enough for writers to give true portraits

(Newser) - The days when journalists could get to know professional athletes well enough to write the kinds of profiles that would give fans true insight are long gone, Pat Jordan laments on Slate, with television and the accompanying big money the main culprits. Where Jordan once spent days with Catfish Hunter,... More »

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