Roger Goodell Has a Jerry Jones Problem, and Nobody Knows How It Will End

Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, elevated both his team and America’s sport to all-time highs, but in this age of athlete protests and declining owner influence, can an individual with Jones’ stature—and arrogance—exist within modern-day football? Inside the growing crisis between Jones, commissioner Roger Goodell, and the NFL.

Source: ESPN
Published: Nov 17, 2017
Length: 21 minutes (5,411 words)

The Wow Factor

The story behind the complicated and bitter fight between owners in the NFL over which teams would have the right to move to Los Angeles and build a stadium.

Source: ESPN
Published: Feb 11, 2016
Length: 24 minutes (6,044 words)

Spygate to Deflategate: What Split the NFL and Patriots Apart

An in-depth investigation into the “Spygate” cheating allegations against the New England Patriots, and an alleged cover-up by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to keep many more cheating accusations from going public.

Source: ESPN
Published: Sep 8, 2015
Length: 46 minutes (11,566 words)

How the Ray Rice Scandal Unfolded

An ESPN investigation by Don Van Natta Jr. and Kevin Van Valkenburg on what really happened inside the Baltimore Ravens and NFL offices.

Source: ESPN
Published: Sep 20, 2014
Length: 29 minutes (7,376 words)

Jerry Football

He’s one of the most infamous owners in professional sports, in need of one more Super Bowl. The complete story of Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys.

Source: ESPN
Published: Aug 29, 2014
Length: 42 minutes (10,638 words)

The Whistleblower’s Last Stand

How Joe Paterno’s former protégé became the star witness in the Jerry Sandusky trial:

Long before the presentment became public, players, coaches and residents heard rumors — that McQueary saw Sandusky fondle the boy, or that they were engaged in horseplay. But suddenly the rumors were not only true, they had mushroomed into the biggest college football scandal in history, one that wasn’t just about the crimes of one man but about an administration’s alleged attempt to cover them up. Most people here were surprised at how the prosecutors quoted McQueary in the presentment. Anal intercourse? This was far more graphic than the rumors had it; more than a few people asked: Why didn’t Big Red stop it?

Source: ESPN
Published: Mar 4, 2014
Length: 27 minutes (6,852 words)

Longreads Best of 2013 Postscript: New Questions About a Legendary Tennis Match

Don Van Natta Jr. (@DVNJr) is a senior writer for and ESPN The Magazine.

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 21, 2013

Tabloid Hack Attack on Royals, and Beyond

Members of the royal household had their voice mail messages hacked into by News of the World employees.

Published: Sep 1, 2010
Length: 24 minutes (6,022 words)