Enterprise Journalism Release – April 1, 2010

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Enterprise Journalism Release – April 1, 2010

Tiger’s Therapy / Tiger’s Game

Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m., ESPN)
SportsCenter (Sunday, 11 p.m., ESPN)
Masters Preview Special (Wednesday, April 8, 5 p.m., ESPN)
On Feb. 19, millions of television viewers watched as Tiger Woods admitted to extra-marital affairs and revealed that for 45 days he was in inpatient therapy, receiving guidance for his issues. As Woods prepares to make his highly anticipated return to golf at Augusta National next week, many question whether he is mentally prepared to return to the game. Wendi Nix examines whether the treatment Woods received will affect his game, as the world’s greatest golfer attempts to return to top form.
“The question everyone wants to ask is, ‘Will Tiger be able to play great with this off-the-course mess going on in his life?’ Well, my guess is yes, he will be able to if he wants to. But the only question you could ask is, ‘Is Tiger ready to really get himself back in contention? Is that his sole purpose in playing the Masters?’” — Bob Rotella, sports psychologist

‘Ten Times Over’

Ten Times Over
Outside the Lines (Sunday 9:30 a.m., ESPN)
Also: Sunday, 2:30 p.m., ESPN; April 8, 5:30 p.m., ESPNU; April 6, 7 p.m., May 20, 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., June 9, 12:30 p.m., June 10, 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., ESPN Classic
Mobi Akiode is a young Nigerian-American woman who moved back to Nigeria to dedicate herself to empowering African girls and lifting them out of poverty through sports. Akiode, a former standout basketball player at Fordham University who played on the 2004 Nigerian Olympic team, now organizes basketball camps for girls from all over the country. Participants learn not only basketball skills, but life skills. Akiode invited retired WNBA star Yolanda Griffith to Nigeria to help coach at her spring camp. Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts narrates this inspiring story, the title of which is based on the Nigerian proverb “What you give, you get ten times over” which is reflective of Akiode’s efforts.


UNLV’s NCAA Title – 20 Years Later


SportsCenter (Sunday, 10 a.m., ESPN)
College GameDay (Monday, 7:30 p.m., ESPN)

The 1989 – 1990 Runnin’ Rebels of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas were one of the most controversial teams in sports history. Led by head coach Jerry Tarkanian and dogged by the NCAA for a string of violations, they beat Duke 103-73 in the championship final – the biggest blowout in the history of the title game. Twenty years after the fact, ESPN.com’s Greg Garber sat down with Tarkanian, as well as players Larry Johnson, Greg Anthony and Anderson Hunt and discovered proud memories along with lingering bitterness after all these years.

“They’re saying it’s the good vs. the bad. I said, ‘That really upsets me because I met some of the Duke kids and I don’t think they’re bad kids at all.’”Jerry Tarkanian on the 1990 NCAA Championship matchup between UNLV and Duke

“I wouldn’t trade the character of our kids with anybody in the country including the Ivy League.” — Tarkanian

“We went five years with that kind of intensive investigation and when they finished they didn’t have a major violation against us. Not one major violation.”Tarkanian on the NCAA’s investigation of his program.

Els Shoots for Par with Help from Second Caddie, who Shot on Net

Masters Preview Special (Wednesday, April 8, 5 p.m., ESPN)
Ernie Els is off to his best start to a PGA season, saying his new energy is due, in part, to a recent relationship. Most golfers prefer one caddie, but Els’ long-time man-on-the-bag Ricci Roberts now shares duties with another. Dan Quinn is fairly new to the green, but not to competition. He scored 266 goals in 14 NHL seasons. Tom Rinaldi reports on why Els selected Quinn, and the reasons behind this unique golfer/caddy connection.

Steve Stricker Comes from ‘Snowhere’ to No. 2 in the World

Masters Preview Special (Wednesday, April 8, 5 p.m., ESPN)
Steve Stricker’s unconventional career saw him earn his PGA Tour card in 1994 and win twice in 1996, but then manage just one victory in the next eight years. He then lost his card in 2005 when he failed to meet standards at Qualifying School. To reignite his passion, the 43-year old Stricker returned home to Madison, Wisc. and to a small driving range where golfers hit from a trailer into the snow. Since then, he has five wins and vaulted to No. 2 in the world. Andy North talks to Stricker about his newfound enthusiasm and success.

Bernard Hopkins: 45-year-old Fighter Still Thrives on Prison-Learned Discipline

Friday Night Fights (Friday, 9 p.m., ESPN2)
At age 18, Bernard Hopkins was convicted of nine felonies and sent to Pennsylvania’s Graterford State Penitentiary for five years. Although he thought his life was over, the lessons he learned in prison actually helped him defy the odds upon his release. Today, the 45 yea- old Hopkins, nicknamed “The Executioner,” cites the discipline he developed during his incarceration as the key to his success, which has included a middleweight record 20 title defenses

NBA Attempts to Build Fan Base among Hispanics

ESPN Deportes SportsCenter (Sunday, 11 p.m.)
ESPNDeportes.com Reportajes Especiales piece

As reported by the Associated Press: “After years of courting the European and Asian markets, the NBA is trying to build up its fan base among Hispanics.” The league launched a marketing campaign this season called “enebea” — the Spanish pronunciation of NBA. Featuring increased TV and internet exposure, plus community projects, the NBA hopes it will expand its reach among a demographic that makes up 15 percent of its fan base. “I think that it’s a great idea,” said Dallas Mavericks forward Eduardo Najera, who is Mexican. “I think it’s only going to help for Hispanics to identify with players besides the Hispanic ones, and overall I think it’s going to be a great chance for them to feel included in the NBA. I’m happy about that.”

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