Richard Sandomir Notes That E:60's Exclusives, Weren't So Exclusive

Thursday, October 18, 2007


Richard Sandomir is obviously much more involved in stories like the ones ESPN produced for its first airing of E:60 this last Tuesday. Well according to him......they've been done before.....

Sandomir on Farrey's Florida High School Sexual Assault Piece.....

Farrey’s grim story, heavily covered by The Miami Herald, examined the case of an 18-year-old high school running back in Miami, who had sex with a 14-year-old freshman in a school bathroom. The segment followed the school’s bungled handling of the case, the long delay before the police were brought in to investigate and the eventual indictment of the principal. Farrey’s significant contribution was a tearful interview with the girl’s mother, her identity withheld, who said her daughter had twice tried to commit suicide since the incident and was in a psychiatric hospital.

The accused player, Antwain Easterling, was arrested but never served time in prison. He attends the University of Southern Mississippi on a football scholarship.
Whoops. On Jeremy Schapp's Cecil Fielder piece (which a commenter noted had already been done by SI)....
Schaap’s interview with the former slugger Cecil Fielder was billed as an exclusive and detailed his angry estrangement from his son, Prince, who hit 50 home runs for the Milwaukee Brewers this season. It served as a valuable bookend to the 2004 examination of the family’s estrangement by “Real Sports” from the side of Prince and his mother, Stacey, who discussed the huge debts incurred by Cecil.
On Rachel Nichols Vegas Piece....
Nichols’s piece, the flashiest in the bunch because it was shot partly in Las Vegas, looked at the influence of a statistician in San Francisco, Bob Stoll, whose uncanny ability to handicap college football games forced casinos to try to retaliate against him to stanch their losses. The story, which ended without a satisfying dramatic resolution, was reported at length in January by The Wall Street Journal.
On Bill Simmons' EA Sports Segment....
The final segment found Bill Simmons, the “Sports Guy” columnist for ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine, donning a motion capture suit to record his physical movements so he could play himself as a Boston Celtic in a video game. Funny idea — what would Andy Rooney do? — until the camera showed an enormous EA sign in the background. The merger of journalism and product placement is not amusing.
Just about the only piece he didn't trash was the Jason Ray piece, and went so far as to copare the 4 major reporters to NYPD Blue's cast. It's a great read that sheds some light on items that were reported locally before making it to the ESPN Monolith. It's never bad to revisit items, but ESPN failed to mention any other publications that covered these stories and almost made them out to be exclusives.

I think the show has potential, but let's not call these things exclusives unless they are....like the Ray Piece.

Debut of ESPN’s ‘E:60’: Been There, Seen That (NY Times)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 12:23 PM

8 Comments:

Is the kid bullfighter story going to be an "exclusive," even though Boston Legal also dealt with this storyline this week.

Or is that just "Disnergyriffic!"

Anonymous said...
Oct 18, 2007, 1:01:00 PM  

I had heard of none of them but the Cecil story and in 2004 it was as timely as after Prince hits 50 bombs.

Rob said...
Oct 18, 2007, 1:04:00 PM  
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Kyle said...
Oct 18, 2007, 2:13:00 PM  

Jeremy is adorable! I bet he's a kind and thoughtful lover.

Anonymous said...
Oct 18, 2007, 2:40:00 PM  

if espn (or any network) is doing a story and there is no other network around, they will call it an 'exclusive'.

it has become pretty common among the cable news networks (cnn, fox, msnbc) and the shows on those networks (king, countdown, o'reilly, hannity).

when they all did their interviews with clinton, they billed it as an 'exclusive'.

dan said...
Oct 18, 2007, 2:56:00 PM  

It's not just their television, either. It's hilarious how often an ESPN.com exclusive was on the AP wire an hour earlier.

Kyle said...
Oct 18, 2007, 2:59:00 PM  

A Rachel Nichols exclusive interview with...

Kimbo Slice, Gary Condit and Paris Hilton.

Cutting edge == ESPN == better than you

hollywood wags said...
Oct 18, 2007, 3:11:00 PM  

Thinking about Jeremy Schaap trying to get his freak on makes me smile...thanks, anon.

GMoney said...
Oct 18, 2007, 3:53:00 PM  

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