On Monday, Sports Illustrated senior editor Richard Deitsch credited ESPN for its commitment to investigative journalism and noted the significance of ESPN program, Outside The Lines. OTL debuted on May 7, 1990 and to commemorate the 25th year anniversary, ESPN will air a primetime special on Tuesday, July 7.
Deitsch spoke with OTL staff members to discuss the importance of OTL and investigative journalism in today’s media landscape.
“I think the biggest reason that OTL is important in today’s sports media landscape is that it is really the only daily sports journalism show on TV right now, Monday-Friday and on Sunday morning. It’s a show that is never afraid to tackle a topic, whether it be sexual assault, sexual abuse, concussions, youth sports, gay athletes, performance enhancing drugs, racial issues, hurtful nicknames of pro football teams, etc. OTL has been a leader in many of these areas for the past 25 years and I expect the show to continue to be a leader going forward. If there is an important topic in the sports world, you can almost be guaranteed that OTL will cover it in some way.” – David Brofsky, senior coordinating producer
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