An important investigative series that uncovered alarming problems with youth
With solid writing, reporting and research, this series of three reports uncovered
serious problems with youth football in America, where three million children play
annually, including a player paralyzed after being coached to use a dangerous tackling
technique, coaches offering cash prizes for big hits and rampant gambling. This important
investigation added to the growing body of coverage about concussions and football
with stories that graphically illustrated the problems and featured exclusive interviews
with those involved in the controversies. ESPN’s reporting had an impact by identifying
abuses and policy gaps as well as prompting an 18-month police investigation into
corruption and gambling.
Tom Farrey, Paula Lavigne, reporters; Greg Amante, Simon Baumgart, producers;
Michael Sciallo, associate producer; Nathan Hogan, Steve McCarthy, Erik Swanson,
editors; Chris Buckle, senior editor; Dan Hardy, Trent Kamerman, Marc Lustig, Bill
Roach, photographers; Nick Waligorski, animator; Dwayne Bray, senior coordinating
producer; Tim Hays, Carolyn Hong, coordinating producers.
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