Aly Raisman Takes the Floor

In her fight to end sexual abuse, the Olympic champion is challenging the very institutions she led to glory.

Author: Mina Kimes
Source: ESPN
Published: Jul 18, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,940 words)

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)

Inside the ‘Tinderization’ of Today’s NBA

A compelling argument: Home teams are losing their advantage in the NBA because visiting players are partying less. ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh suggests players are using dating apps like Tinder to hook up without going to a club (and get more sleep), and they’re more serious about the detrimental effects of alcohol on physical performance.

Source: ESPN
Published: Apr 1, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,634 words)

The NBA’s Secret Addiction

On how the lowly peanut butter and jelly sandwich fuelled the 2007-08 Boston Celtics to an NBA title, becoming the sweet and salty stuff of superstitious sport legend that has since spread like an addiction across the league.

Source: ESPN
Published: Mar 21, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,386 words)

How Did the Lakers Get Here? The Inside Story of the Buss Drama

The Los Angeles Lakers’ president and owner, Jeanie Buss, is running the franchise the way she believes her father, Dr. Jerry Buss, intended, but off the court, the siblings who inherited stakes in the team from their father are playing some strong offense.

Source: ESPN
Published: Mar 8, 2017
Length: 22 minutes (5,731 words)

Quest For Solace

Musher and Ironman athlete Katherine Keith has known pain and suffering: her daughter died as an infant and first her husband was killed in a plane crash ferrying a neighbor to emergency medical attention in Alaska. Not one to allow grief and adversity to defeat her, Keith won the Yukon Quest’s Rookie of the Year award, placing seventh in the 1,000-mile dog sled race.

Source: ESPN
Published: Mar 2, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,660 words)

‘Gosh, It’s Beautiful.’

How did a boring Nintendo game from 1987 become the most coveted cartridge ever?

Source: ESPN
Published: Dec 2, 2016
Length: 13 minutes (3,293 words)

The Charmer: How Robert Gagno Became One of the World’s Best Pinball Players

Robert Gagno, a real-life pinball wizard: “‘He doesn’t see the world like you and I see the world,’ says Dr. Andrew Reeves, the neurologist at Mayo. ‘He just can’t. I can’t see where the ball’s going to be like two bounces down the road. I don’t know about you, but I don’t do that. But he does that.'”

Source: ESPN
Published: Nov 13, 2016
Length: 25 minutes (6,342 words)

Pin Kings

Wrestling teammates Alex DeCubas and Kevin Pedersen grow up to oppose each other in the drug wars: one as a smuggler, the other as a DEA agent.

Source: ESPN
Published: Aug 18, 2016
Length: 24 minutes (6,235 words)

The Secret History of Tiger Woods

Incredible reporting by Wright Thompson. An inside look at how Tiger Woods lost his way following the death of his father Earl — exploring an obsession with the Navy SEALS, pursuing affairs with women, and grappling with no longer being “the greatest.”

Source: ESPN
Published: Apr 22, 2016
Length: 46 minutes (11,516 words)