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Leigh Steinberg: Back in the Game?
Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN)
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Once the most powerful agent in pro football, Leigh Steinberg is trying to restart his career, staking his professional future on a long-shot quarterback from SMU, his lone client in the 2014 NFL Draft. Once representing a stable of future Hall of Fame quarterbacks, his personal tragedies, business setbacks, drunk driving arrests and stay in a treatment facility left him with virtually nothing until a group of Houston investors backed his efforts to rebuild his agency last November. John Barr reports.
“I’m his only client, and he was really the only one who came knocking on my door, so both of us are in a position where we are very important to one another.” — Garrett Gilbert, former SMU quarterback, represented by Steinberg
“I was separated from my kids, living in an apartment for the first time, and I felt powerless. All I wanted to do at that point was get away from that. Tragedy after tragedy, as I defined it, and I wanted to check out. Not of life, but just from that stress. And I chose the wrong thing. I chose alcohol.” – Leigh Steinberg
“They found him in bushes, passed out, no car. He didn’t have anything. He’s down to nothing. I think that finally, when it hit him, he’s got to get this solved or the next thing is death basically.” — June Jones, SMU coach and a client of Steinberg’s in the 70’s
A mother’s time away from her family while serving her country is extremely difficult, making her homecoming all that more joyous. On this Mother’s Day weekend, the memorable returns of military moms are celebrated in a sporting way, from stadiums, to arenas, to middle school gyms. The scenes are a heartfelt reminder that any day with mom is Mother’s Day. Tom Rinaldi reports.
In the latest edition of ESPN Audio’s weekly Capital Games with Andy Katz and Rick Klein, ESPN NFL Insiders Adam Schefter and Bill Polian discuss the politics of the NFL Draft, and how teams will approach the possibility of selecting former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, who in February announced he was gay.
The latest episode of the Destino Futbol series leading up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, La Escuela de los Sueños, focuses on Santos FC, a school in Phoenix, Ariz. that allows young violence victims, immigrants and those without a clear path, to dream beyond their reality. The school’s goal is social integration — to transform children without a future into law-abiding citizens through the power of football. Pablo Mastroeni and current Mexico National Team coach Miguel “Piojo” Herrera are Santos FC success stories.
With less than a month to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, ESPN’s primetime newsmagazine devotes an entire show to some of the biggest names and best stories in the beautiful game. Features include a rare interview with Argentina superstar Lionel Messi; a profile by Wayne Drehs of perhaps the greatest player of all-time, Pelé, as he travels across two continents; and the very personal backstory of U.S. men’s team captain Clint Dempsey. There will also be an investigative piece by Jeremy Schaap examining preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, with observers estimating that under current conditions, by 2022 more than 4,000 workers will die building Qatar’s World Cup infrastructure.
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L to R: Lino Garcia, general manager ESPN Deportes; Rodolfo Martinez, VP of Production for ESPN Deportes and ESPN International; Vicente Navarro, producer of Futbol Picante; Jose Ramon Fernandez, legendary sports commentator and host of Futbol Picante; Armando Benitez, senior director of production for ESPN Deportes and ESPN International; Freddy Rolon, VP of programming and business units, and Ignacio Garcia, coordinating producer.
Tuesday in New York, ESPN won seven Sports Emmy Awards, presented for the 35th year by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, including two ESPN Deportes studio shows, the 30 for 30 film series, X Games, E:60, SportsCenter and football’s College GameDay. Overall, with three awards for studio shows, and others for a feature, journalism and a documentary series, ESPN’s hallmark of outstanding storytelling was again recognized by the company’s peers.
SportsCenter won its 16th Sports Emmy, for “Richie Parker: Drive” in the Short Feature category. Tom Rinaldi profiled Parker, a chassis and body designer for NASCAR’s Hendrick Motorsports, who was born without arms. It was ESPN’s 21st Sports Emmy in a Features category.
“It was an honor to be part of sharing Richie’s story — of an engineer, and a living wonder,” said Rinaldi, who accepted his fifth Feature Emmy and has been part of 10 overall. “Producer Lauren Stowell was deeply committed to showing Richie’s path, past and present, through the challenges and the achievements of each day, and we are thrilled for Richie, who was at the ceremony to hear his name called. To be part of the features unit, and to have the opportunity to tell stories like this, is deeply humbling and fulfilling. I’m grateful to work with so many talented and caring people, and to tell stories we hope will resonate with our audience.
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L to R: Rodolfo Martinez, VP of Production for ESPN Deportes and ESPN International & Armando Benitez, senior director of production for ESPN Deportes and ESPN International.
E:60 won the Sports Emmy for Journalism, for the report “Children of the Ring ” by Jeremy Schaap, a hard look at the human rights issues surrounding the growing sport of children’s professional Muay Thai fighting in Thailand. It was the E:60’s sixth Sports Emmy in its five years.
“Our E:60 reporting has long focused on human rights issues, it’s what we care about most, from victims of corrective rape in South Africa to uninsured athletes here in the United States, from victims of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal, India, to Bahraini soccer stars tortured by their own government, we’ve reported so many stories about the oppressed and disenfranchised,” said Schaap, recipient of eight Sports Emmys. “It takes a lot of talented and committed professionals to produce stories on these kinds of issues, and at E:60 we are fortunate to have a team, in house and out of house, of unsurpassed skill. Children of the Ring, which won the journalism Emmy this year, is emblematic of our approach in terms of both content and style. It was brilliantly edited by Tim Horgan of Bluefoot, beautifully and sensitively shot by Bill Roach, Joel Edwards and Mike Bove, and produced with matchless passion by Beein Gim (recipient of six Emmys), who found the story and would not rest until it had been told.”