Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Ode to Deadspin

I confess...Deadspin.com is a must-read for me every day. Despite its sometimes sophomoric (and worse) clips and takes, and totally discounting the commenters, Will Leitch and Co. do a great job of scouring what sports media are doing and holding them accountable or at least bringing their actions to the light of day for discussion. The slogan "Deadspin, sports news without access, favor, or discretion" offers a much-needed perspective on sports media these days. The posts are meticulous in their accuracy and crediting of sources--I've even seen apologies for incorrect grammar.

Many research possibilities lie in the posts. One of those I saw today is from this link from Shakedown Sports about the ESPN ombudsman, Lee Anne Schreiber, and her claim that sports blogs running rampant with rumors is ruining ESPN reporting. Someone could do a study of how many legitimate rumors (is that an oxymoron?) are posted on a sample of blogs and how they were handled then by ESPN. Might be illuminating.

See http://shakedownsports.com/2007/10/02/blogs-are-ruining-espn/


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