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The Sporting Life (Friday, 7 p.m., ET, ESPN Radio)
Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m., ESPN)
ESPN.com (story to be posted Sunday)
How safe is the food sold at you favorite ballpark or stadium? Outside the Lines pulled health department inspection reports for concessions and restaurants at all 107 Major League Baseball, NBA, NHL, and NFL venues in the United States and Canada operating in 2009 and found that at 28 percent of the facilities, a majority of the food establishments had incurred “major or critical violations.” Almost all major professional stadiums contract with private, third-party food service companies. When Outside the Lines requested to shoot video of a health department inspection, every stadium and company asked denied OTL’s request. Paula Lavigne reports.
In her ESPN.com piece, Lavigne notes that food preparation and health violations catch the eyes of inspectors who poke, prod and probe stadium kitchens that dish out a range of foods from burgers to sushi, for tens of millions of fans.
“I was taking chowder out of a big container to put into a smaller container to put out in the service area, and as I was spooning it out, I see this puss-filled band aid inside of the chowder. It was red, bright red center with all the yellow puss around the outside of it.” – supervisor of food safety at a Major League Baseball stadium, speaking on condition of anonymity
“Food-borne illness is more than just a stomachache, it really could have serious repercussions. Stadiums may be a very overlooked area where public health departments need to focus some resources to make sure that all those vendors are meeting food safety requirements.” — Chris Waldrop, Director of the Food Policy Institute at the Consumer Federation of America
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price has lived up to, if not exceeded, all expectations, including starting this month’s All-Star Game. But since becoming a pro two years ago, life off the field has not gone so smoothly — two days after signing his first Major League contract, one of his best friends died, and eight months later another best friend died. E:60 follows Price from the minor leagues to baseball stardom, and in an exclusive interview he tells correspondent Michael Smith about his losses and how he has managed to dominate on the diamond while coping with tragedy off of it. Price also explains why he almost quit the game and why he once turned his BMW into a locker.
E:60 (Tuesday, 7 p.m., ESPN)
Cisco Jr. College freshman Andre Lampkin’s dreams of playing in the NFL crashed two years ago during a visit home when he was stricken with bacterial meningitis, a rare and lethal infection that threatened to take his hands and feet and nearly took his life. E:60 has followed Lampkin’s story for the past two years as he and his mother desperately researched possible treatments, and even traveled to the Dominican Republic for a procedure not approved in the US. Jeff Chadiha reports.
E:60 piece on SportsCenter (Sunday, 10 a.m., 6 p.m., 11 p.m., ESPN)
Thirty-four-year-old Jeb Corliss has spent his life conquering his fears, and by the age of 21 he had turned to the extreme sport of base jumping, becoming a legend by jumping from world landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and Golden Gate Bridge. Now Corliss plans the unthinkable – jump out of an aircraft, fly at speeds in excess of 100 MPH, and land without using a parachute, wearing only a wingsuit. E:60’s Rachel Nichols examines the dangerous sport of wingsuiting and one man’s obsession to do what people in the sport believe is impossible.
NASCAR Countdown (Sunday, noon, ABC)
ESPN’s Marty Smith sits down with the four-time Brickyard 400 champion for a candid talk about family, racing, and what the Brickyard means to him.
Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m. ESPN)
Some consider Evel Knievel the Godfather of Action Sports – he first appeared on his motorcycle more than 40 years ago. But those jumps – and the Snake River Canyon Rocket – could be considered more stunt than sport. Today, action sports stars are well-trained athletes, pushing the limits of both safety, and perhaps, sanity. This Outside the Lines story, which originally aired in 2009, examines the harsh reality today’s athletes face every time they compete.
A 13-year-old female pitcher uses her fastball and knuckleball to dominate boys and gain national attention. Ben Houser reports for ESPN.com in this E:60-branded piece.