Corporate alliances put squeeze on sports journalism

BY JOHN SHRADER / Sports journalism is dead. That was the notion in late August, when ESPN abruptly ended its relationship with PBS’ “Frontline.” ESPN had partnered with “Frontline” for more than a year on a documentary film examining the NFL’s handling of head injuries. It looked like the perfect collaboration of the

Credibility questions sidetrack investigative journalism

BY SCOTT LAMBERT / Sports Illustrated’s recent series of articles chronicling cheating at Oklahoma State University were meant to reignite a long-running conversation about the seedy culture of big-time college athletics. Instead, Sports Illustrated started a conversation about cred­ibility and perceptions of bias that overshadowed its original plan.