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ESPN Ombudsman Lipsyte Debuts, Discussing Jason Collins Story

ESPN Ombudsman Robert Lipsyte dedicated his first column to the net's coverage of Jason Collins' coming out. He wrote, "The tricky trifecta of religion, race and sexuality exposed not only the fault-lines in 'OTL's' preparation but the inconsistent performance of ESPN journalism in general. The old story won't die because it brings up too many unresolved questions that we will be addressing in my scheduled 18 months as ESPN's fifth ombudsman." Those questions included: "What are the boundaries of sports talk, and on which shows? What is the distinction between a reporter and a commentator? ... How can ESPN balance the varying sensibilities of its audience?" (ESPN.com, 6/28).
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