Reporter Jeremy Schaap & host Bob Ley discuss the issues on Wednesday’s expanded OTL.
“The FIFA Crisis”
ESPN continues its extensive FIFA indictments coverage highlighted by tonight’s Outside the Lines Special: The FIFA Crisis at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Below, some examples of the reports, analysis and commentary which have appeared across various ESPN platforms:
By Carl Bialik, FiveThirtyEight’s lead writer for news
By Gabriele Marcotti, columnist for ESPN FC
Video commentary by soccer play-by-play commentator Ian Darke
SportsCenter’s Robert Flores’ “Top Takes” video commentary
Jeremy Schaap focuses on Sepp Blatter’s leadership of the organization overseeing world soccer.
The Ugly Game
ESPN The Magazine (“World Football Issue” on newsstands on Friday)
Sepp Blatter is on the brink of winning his fifth term as FIFA president, even as the staging of the next two World Cups looks more contentious than ever. Based largely on a recent in-depth documentary produced by E:60 in which Jeremy Schaap told the tale of corruption, injustice and moral depravity behind FIFA’s naming Russia and Qatar as World Cup hosts, ESPN The Magazine presents a guide explaining just why everyone is so outraged with FIFA.
Life on the Streets
SportsCenter (Sunday, 10 a.m., ESPN)
ESPN.com (to be posted Sunday)
In an effort to get a closer look at the hardships homeless people in America endure every single day, two St. Louis Rams defensive linemen took to the streets for 24 hours with no place to sleep or eat, no connection to the outside world and only $4 each. SC Featured followed their story.
“It was the worst night I’ve ever had in my life for sure. My body hurts so bad right now.” — William Hayes, St. Louis Rams defensive end
“It’s amazing though when that cop went to talk to me, just how unsettled that felt, compared to like if a cop normally talks to me walking down the street.” — Chris Long, St. Louis Rams defensive end
Check ESPNFrontRow.com for a behind the scenes look at the making of the piece.
Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m. ESPN; 10 a.m., ESPN2)
Cubs fan Holly Swyers at the May 11 re-opening of Wrigley’s bleachers
Their ballpark is 101 years old and their championship drought is 107. As the Chicago Cubs renovate the friendly confines of Wrigley Field, many question the effect on the park’s allure and whether it can help the team reach its first World Series since 1945. Cubs officials say modernization is a must to compete financially and on the field. Four
Chicagoans discuss the contentious construction project as told to reporter T.J. Quinn and producer Willie Weinbaum.
“Part of being a Cubs fan is discovering there are ways to lose a game that you’ve never seen before and never imagined were possible. It is an incredibly frustrating experience, but it’s also part of, I think, what draws us together.” — Holly Swyers, Lake Forest College anthropologist & author of “Wrigley Regulars: Finding Community in the Bleachers”
“Will Wrigley Field lose some of its character? Sure. And it won’t be the same ballpark that I’ve walked into over the years. But if it brings us that championship, I’m all for it.” — Mike Reischl, Chicago police officer
What’s next for Kurt Busch and Patricia Driscoll
ESPN The Magazine (“World Football Issue” on newsstands Friday)
When Patricia Driscoll accused Kurt Busch of domestic violence, it made news. When Busch accused her of being an assassin, it went viral. Seth Wickersham reports.
This week’s Panel* (Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ESPN; 10:30 a.m., ESPN2)
*Subject to change