WBEZ | Lester Munson http://www.wbez.org/tags/lester-munson Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en O'Bannon v. NCAA case ends in split decision http://www.wbez.org/news/obannon-v-ncaa-case-ends-split-decision-113132 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/NCAAhurdles_flickr-Phil Roeder 2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>College sports are a big-money business. Top-tier coaches earn millions while television (and gaming) contracts are worth billions of dollars. But the athletes are restricted from earning a cut because they&rsquo;re amateurs.</p><p>A case that many thought might open the door to compensation for college athletes ended in a split decision Wednesday. A federal appeals court ruled that the NCAA cannot prevent member schools from offering scholarships that cover the full cost of attendance. However, it threw out a lower court&#39;s plan to compensate athletes $5000 or more per year in deferred payments. ESPN senior writer and legal analyst Lester Munson joins All Things Considered host Melba Lara to help unpack how Wednesday&#39;s decision may affect future compensation campaigns.</p></p> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 17:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/obannon-v-ncaa-case-ends-split-decision-113132 The business and politics behind the Olympics http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/business-and-politics-behind-olympics-101216 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/photo_1.JPG" style="height: 655px; width: 620px; " title="(WBEZ/Niala Boodhoo)" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Olympics</em> is still a bit of a dirty word in Chicago&mdash;many still feel the sting of a failed bid to host the 2016 games. But, it turns out, the Olympics&rsquo; taint, especially as it relates to its governing body, the International Olympic Committee, reeks &lsquo;round the world. The IOC describes itself as the &ldquo;supreme authority of the Olympic movement&rdquo; and a catalyst for collaboration between all parties of the Olympic family, i.e., national committees, athletes, broadcast partners, sponsors and even the U.N. And like most families, it&rsquo;s had its fair share of drama over the years; especially when it comes to its domineering American cousin, the U.S. Olympic Committee.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>A seven-year battle between the IOC and the USOC ended this spring when the two agreed on a new long term revenue-sharing deal. Many felt that the U.S.&rsquo;s slice of the Olympic pie was too big. And as a result, many believed, the IOC kept its fat American cousin from coming back for seconds by blocking any and all U.S. cities&mdash;namely New York in 2012 and Chicago in 2016&mdash;from hosting the games. The new deal is indeed a diet for the USOC; it reduces the U.S. share of broadcasting rights and halves the American share of the IOC&rsquo;s biggest sponsorship deal.</p><p>But, says the <em>Nation&rsquo;s</em> <a href="http://www.edgeofsports.com/" target="_blank">Dave Zirin</a>, the IOC did Chicago a favor. As President Obama headed to Copenhagen to help make Chicago&rsquo;s case before the committee in 2009, Zirin <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dave-zirin/obamas-olympic-error_b_302025.html?view=print" target="_blank">scrawled a warning</a> to the president and Chicago.</p><blockquote><p><em>To greater or lesser degrees, the Olympics bring gentrification, graft and police violence wherever they nest. Even without the Olympic Games, Chicago has been ground zero in the past decade for the destruction of public housing, political corruption raised to an art form, and police violence. Bringing the Olympics to this town would be like sending a gift basket filled with bottles of Jim Beam to the Betty Ford Clinic: over-consumption followed by disaster.</em></p></blockquote><p>Many saw Obama&rsquo;s trip to Copenhagen alongside longtime Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley (then enjoying a 35 percent approval rating) as a tip of the hat to the Gipper. Ronald Reagan opened the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, which were the first privately-funded games&mdash;very Reaganomic. Zirin does not consider the &rsquo;84 games a success; in fact, he <a href="http://www.thenation.com/blog/167630/want-understand-1992-la-riots-start-1984-la-olympics" target="_blank">connects the 1992 L.A</a>. riots to the &rsquo;84 games.&nbsp;</p><p>Whereas <a href="http://www.michaelrpayne.com/index.html" target="_blank">Michael Payne</a>, the former and first-ever IOC marketing and broadcast rights director, marks the &rsquo;84 Olympics as a turning point for the games&mdash;that the president of the L.A. committee Peter Uebberoth ushered the Olympics into the modern era by creating a private partnership funding mechanism for the near-bankrupt Olympic movement.</p><p>Zirin and Payne shared their views on<em>&nbsp;Afternoon Shift</em> as part of an hour-long look at the business and politics behind the games. Host Steve Edwards was also joined by ESPN legal analyst Lester Munson, U.K.-based sports marketing whiz <a href="http://wwwm.coventry.ac.uk/researchnet/cucv/Pages/Profile.aspx?profileID=483" target="_blank">Simon Chadwick</a> and WBEZ&#39;s very own Niala Boodhoo, who is in London for the festivities.</p></p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 14:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/business-and-politics-behind-olympics-101216 Penn State's most powerful players failed to protect Sandusky's victims http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/penn-states-most-powerful-players-failed-protect-sanduskys-victims-100850 <p><p>It&rsquo;s hard to believe that anyone would consciously fail to protect children from sexual abuse. But according to a team of independent investigators, that&rsquo;s precisely what Joe Paterno and other officials at Penn State University did. Former FBI director Louis Freeh and his team were asked to <a href="http://i.usatoday.net/news/nation/2012-07-12-penn-state-freeh-report.pdf" target="_blank">assess the university&rsquo;s culpability</a> in the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted on 45 criminal counts last month.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Joe%20Paterno%20AP.jpg" style="float: left;" title="(AP/file)" />The 267-page report, released Thursday morning, is filled with disturbing details.</div><p>&ldquo;Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky&rsquo;s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State. The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized,&rdquo; Freeh told the press. Former head coach Joe Paterno, Penn State president Graham Spanier Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley, Freeh added, &ldquo;never demonstrated through actions or words, any concern for the safety and wellbeing of Sandusky&rsquo;s victims&mdash;until after Sandusky&rsquo;s arrest.&rdquo;</p><p>Freeh&rsquo;s team interviewed more than 400 people&mdash;but not JoePa. Paterno died in January at the age of 85, shortly after he was fired amidst the scandal last November. But the coach did say, in a statement, what he told Mike McQueary after the graduate assistant reported seeing Sandusky with a young boy in the team shower in 2001. Paterno told McQueary, &ldquo;You did what had you to do, it is now my job to figure out what we want to do.&rdquo; To which, Freeh asked rhetorically, &ldquo;What was there to figure out?&rdquo;</p><p>Within hours of the report&rsquo;s release, Nike Inc. said that it planned to rename its child care facility, the Joe Paterno Child Development Center. CEO Mark Parker, who defended Paterno at his memorial service, said Thursday, &ldquo;It appears Joe made missteps that led to heartbreaking consequences.&quot;</p><p>Nike is not the first to distance itself from Paterno&mdash;the Big 10 Conference championship trophy was renamed last November. But many say it&rsquo;s not enough. <em>Sun-Times </em>columnist <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/sports/13733985-419/penn-state-deserves-death-penalty-for-football-prison-for-officials.html" target="_blank">Rick Morrisey wrote</a> that the Penn State football program deserves the death penalty. ESPN.com legal analyst and senior writer <a href="http://espn.go.com/espn/commentary/story/_/page/munson-111110a/here-how-penn-state-fix-football-culture" target="_blank">Lester Munson agrees</a>&mdash;but explained to <em>Afternoon Shift</em>, the authority lies with the university&rsquo;s trustees.</p></p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 15:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/penn-states-most-powerful-players-failed-protect-sanduskys-victims-100850 Sandusky defense rests—but jury still heard from the accused http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/sandusky-defense-rests%E2%80%94-jury-still-heard-accused-100271 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Sandusky%20and%20Amendola%20AP.jpg" title="Jerry Sandusky, right, and his attorney Joe Amendola. (AP/Gene Puskar)" /></div><p>The defense in former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky&rsquo;s sex abuse trial rested its case Wednesday morning without calling its client to testify on his own behalf&mdash;though, the jury had heard from Sandusky, indirectly. The prosecution played audio from a pre-trial interview Sandusky did with Bob Costas on NBC&rsquo;s <a href="http://rockcenter.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/11/14/8804779-jerry-sandusky-to-bob-costas-in-exclusive-rock-center-interview-i-shouldnt-have-showered-with-those-kids?lite" target="_blank"><em>Rock Center</em></a>.&nbsp;</p><p>The now-infamous interview did not do Sandusky any favors, most say. In the interview, Jay Paterno&rsquo;s former defensive coordinator said that he was innocent of the charges levied against him, all 51 counts related to the alleged abuse of 10 boys over a 15-year period. Sandusky admitted to Costas that he &quot;horsed around&quot; with kids.</p><p>&ldquo;I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact,&quot; Sandusky said. He later admitted that he shouldn&#39;t have showered with [those] kids.</p><p>Costas went on to ask Sandusky if he had a sexual attraction to underage boys, Sandusky said, &quot;I enjoy young people. I love to be around them, but no, I&#39;m not sexually attracted to young boys.&quot;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>When the interview originally aired last November, I, like many viewers, watched with a wrenched gut. The pregnant pauses felt like hours. Various iterations of &ldquo;horseplay&rdquo; or &ldquo;horsing around&rdquo; felt like jabs after hearing the phrase from two top Penn State officials when characterizing an allegation of a rape involving Sandusky and a young boy in the Penn State locker room in their testimonies for a grand jury investigation. The officials, former athletic director, Tim Curley, and senior vice president for finance and business, Gary Schultz, stepped down in November.</p><p>As painful as it was to watch the interview, I was distracted as I kept thinking, &ldquo;Why would he do this interview before going to trial? And what attorney, in their right mind, would let him do it?&rdquo; Well, not only did attorney Joseph Amendola allow his client to do the interview&mdash;he joined him! What&rsquo;s more, we learned this week that what many now consider the most damning comments from the Costas interview, were left on the cutting room floor. <em>Sun-Times</em> columnist Joe Cowley <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/sports/13272524-419/why-did-nbc-not-air-the-most-damning-part-of-jerry-sandusky-bob-costas-interview.html" target="_blank">took the peacock network to task</a> for failing to air the entire Sandusky interview. And the unaired portion of the interview went viral this week.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" height="374" id="ep" width="416"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="movie" value="http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/.element/apps/cvp/3.0/swf/cnn_416x234_embed.swf?context=embed&amp;videoId=us/2012/06/19/point-nbc-sandusky-costas-intv-helping-young-people.cnn" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="#000000" height="374" src="http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/.element/apps/cvp/3.0/swf/cnn_416x234_embed.swf?context=embed&amp;videoId=us/2012/06/19/point-nbc-sandusky-costas-intv-helping-young-people.cnn" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="416" wmode="transparent"></embed></object></p><p>The effectiveness of Amendola&rsquo;s defense strategy remains to be seen. Though, in retrospect, he may have benefited from a tutoring session with the lead defense attorney for seven-time Cy Young winner, Roger Clemens, who was acquitted on all six charges raised against him in his recently wrapped perjury trial.</p><p>After nearly two months in Washington <a href="http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/8070093/roger-clemens-defense-team-puts-masterful-case-win-perjury-trial-taking-advantage-prosecutors-mistakes" target="_blank">covering the Clemens trial</a>, <em>Afternoon Shift</em> sports contributor and senior writer for ESPN.com Lester Munson breaks down all the courtroom drama.</p></p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 14:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/sandusky-defense-rests%E2%80%94-jury-still-heard-accused-100271 NHL Playoffs: The hits just keep on coming http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-04/nhl-playoffs-hits-just-keep-coming-98386 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Hossa%20hit%20AP%20resize.jpg" title="(AP/File)"></div><p>No one expected to see Marian Hossa back on the ice Thursday night for Game 4 of the Blackhawks' playoff series against the Phoenix Coyotes after he left Game 3 strapped to a stretcher. There was, however, some initial uncertainty about whether the NHL would allow the guy who put him on a backboard, Raffi Torres, to lace up his skates. Many of those questions were answered Wednesday when the league suspended Torres indefinitely pending a hearing Friday.</p><p>This is not Torres’ first suspension--and it’s certainly not the first time he’s been accused of playing dirty. Last year, fresh off a four-game suspension for a head hit, Torres delivered a blow to Brent Seabrook’s temple--and Hawk fans haven’t forgotten it or the fact that it went unpunished.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NNonHvqxST0" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p><p>The Hawks didn't forget it either.</p><p>“You try to warn your linemates and be aware when [Torres is] on the ice. He’s got a history of targeting guys’ heads and questionable hits. It makes it that much more frustrating to see it happen, but we’ve got to rally behind [Hossa] and move on,” said Hawks forward Patrick Sharp.</p><p>But the hit heard round the ice rink failed to catch the attention of the four officials on duty Tuesday night—and while no penalty was called, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville cried foul when it came to the night’s refereeing.</p><p>"It was a brutal hit," Quenneville said Tuesday. "I saw exactly what happened and it was right in front of me. All four guys missed it. It was hard. The refereeing tonight was a disgrace."</p><p>The feelings in Phoenix are decidedly different. In an interview with the Arizona Republic, Coyotes GM Don Maloney called Torres’ hit a mistake and an error in judgment. Though, he had more choice words when it came to the negative attention Torres is receiving.</p><p>“You would think Raffi murdered a busload of children the way he’s portrayed here in Chicago,” Maloney said.</p><p>So what's happening out there: Are referees seeing less—or are we seeing more violence?</p><p>Through the first seven days of playoffs, nine players were suspended. That’s more than double the total number of suspensions in the entire 2011 postseason. The league and its commissioner, Gary Bettman, has been criticized for being lax on rough play. Bettman got considerable heat for <a href="http://video.nytimes.com/video/2011/12/05/sports/100000001200443/gary-bettman.html" target="_blank">an interview</a> with <em>New York Times' </em>reporter John Branch on the role of fighting in hockey and the recent death of enforcer Derek Boogaard.</p><p>On Thursday's <em>Afternoon Shift</em>, ESPN.com senior writer Lester Munson and WBEZ's regular sports contributor Cheryl Raye-Stout will sit down with WBEZ’s Jason Marck to talk about the uptick in violence.</p><p>And we want to know what you think too: has the game gotten too violent? Or are hard hits all a part of the game?</p><p><strong>To join the conversation, call in today at 2:00 p.m., the number is 312-923-9239. Or jump in on the action at #AfternoonShift. </strong></p></p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 12:55:12 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-04/nhl-playoffs-hits-just-keep-coming-98386 'The Most Expensive Game in Town': A look at the rising cost of youth sports http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-29/most-expensive-game-town-look-rising-cost-youth-sports-97740 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-29/youth soccer flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="333" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-29/youth%20soccer%20flickr.jpg" title="(Flickr/Erica Hampton)" width="500"></p><p>Kids cost a pretty penny these days. According to the <a href="http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/expendituresonchildrenbyfamilies.htm" target="_blank">U.S. Department of Agriculture</a>, it costs a middle-income, two-parent family $226,920, on average, to raise a child from birth to age 18—that’s almost 14 grand every year! That figure primarily accounts for general expenses like food, shelter, health and child care, transportation and education. The price tag for parents of the nearly 50 million kids who play organized sports each year is even steeper.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to Lester Munson and Mark Hyman on the Afternoon Shift</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1333561907-0" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/Lester Munson.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div></div><br><p>In his new book, <em>The Most Expensive Game in Town: The Rising Cost of Youth Sports and the Toll on Today's Families</em>, sports journalist <a href="http://www.markhyman.com/" target="_blank">Mark Hyman</a> examines the cost of youth sports—from uniforms to equipment, league fees, travel, tournament fees and clinics. In the book, he tells the story of one father of three, Fran Dicari, who blogs about his expenses under the moniker “<a href="http://www.statsdad.com/p/youth-sports-costs.html" target="_blank">Stats Dad</a>.” Last year, Dicari spent over $11,000 on league fees, physical therapy, personal coaches, AAU fees, baseball cleats, basketball sneakers, turf cleats, golf shoes, baseball gloves, golf gloves, airline tickets, shirts, shorts and oh so much more.</p><p>Hometown hockey hero and current color commentator for the Chicago Blackhawks Eddie Olczyk also recognized the rising cost of recreation. And so the Chicago Blackhawks and the Blackhawks Charities created <a href="http://blackhawks.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=74491" target="_blank">The Eddie Olczyk Award</a> to support young hockey players and teams in Illinois who may not have the means to play at a competitive level. Olczyk joined Hyman, ESPN.com senior writer Lester Munson and Steve Edwards on <em>The Afternoon Shift </em>to discuss the high price of play.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 17:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-29/most-expensive-game-town-look-rising-cost-youth-sports-97740 Examining the likelihood of a Super Bowl in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-31/examining-likelihood-super-bowl-chicago-95988 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-31/soldier field flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On Sunday, thousands will descend on the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to watch the New York Giants and the New England Patriots vie for the NFL's championship title. City officials are bracing for the crowds--and the extra money that will flow through its coffers. It's a big deal and cities are always hoping to be selected to host the football extravaganza. Well, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wondered--what about Chicago? How come the Windy City has yet to host the big game?</p><p>Before tackling that question, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> checked in with WBEZ's Northwest Indiana reporter Mike Puente who's been <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/human-trafficking-bill-heads-indiana-governor-95922" target="_blank">reporting</a> on the buzz around the bowl in Indianapolis.</p><p>To tackle the Chicago question, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by Sam Stark, executive director of the <a href="http://www.choosechicago.com/" target="_blank">Chicago Sports Commission</a>, ESPN’s <a href="http://www.choosechicago.com/" target="_blank">Lester Munson</a> and Marc Ganis, president of Sports Corp Ltd.</p></p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-31/examining-likelihood-super-bowl-chicago-95988 The best and worst of Chicago sports in 2011 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-22/best-and-worst-chicago-sports-2011-95101 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-22/cutler down resize.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>All week, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> revisited the stories that shaped Chicago's culture and community this year. With so many stories occupying the headlines in 2011, it was hard to pick out the key moments. Because moments are brief--but milestones are more like guideposts that give people permission to pause and think. So Thursday, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> revisited some of the hallmarks from the last year.</p><p>First up, a look back at the year in sports—the highs, the lows; winners and losers--both lovable and not so lovable. <em>Eight Forty-Eight's</em> Alison Cuddy sat down with a pair of fans who regularly join <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to talk shop—Cheryl Raye-Stout and ESPN’s <a href="http://search.espn.go.com/lester-munson/" target="_blank">Lester Munson</a>.</p></p> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 15:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-22/best-and-worst-chicago-sports-2011-95101 Unpacking Penn State fallout http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-11/unpacking-penn-state-fallout-93963 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-11/20111108__joe-paterno-110811y~p1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>College football is no stranger to scandal but the situation at Penn State University involving allegations related to the sexual abuse of minors has criminal implications.</p><p>Former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was charged on Nov. 5 with 40 counts related to the sexual abuse of minors.</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> discussed the evolving claims with regular sports contributor Cheryl Raye-Stout and espn.com senior writer Lester Munson.</p><p>Raye-Stout spoke with Penn State alums and current Chicago Bears players Anthony Adams and Robbie Gould about the allegations and about playing for coach Paterno.</p><p>“I think the biggest part is it made you become a better man,” Bears kicker Robbie Gould began. “Obviously being on time for things, making sure that you’re responsible for doing whatever homework or assignments or projects or helping your teammates out; being held accountable for things that you do, obviously is something that we all learned from him. Obviously we became better people and better athletes by attending Penn State and that’s why you go there,” Gould added.</p><p>Gould’s teammate Adams’ expressed shock by the details in the grand jury’s report.</p><p>“You can’t make sense out of this stuff. I mean, 23-page, you know, that report… it’s hard to read that,” Adams tried to explain.</p><p>Raye-Stout told <em>Eight Forty-Eight's</em> Alison Cuddy that players’ reactions changed throughout the week—at first, she said, Adams thought it was just “allegations and innuendos” but after he read the indictment, the allegations took on a new shape and he became quite distraught.</p><p>The Big Ten powerhouse continued to crumble throughout the week. Head coach Joe Paterno was fired Wednesday for failing to do more to stop Sandusky.</p><p>Munson reported that there were three investigations underway: One by Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, Linda Kelly, who filed the criminal charges against Sandusky; a second by the Department of Education, which is led by Secretary Arne Duncan, who Munson said was “outraged” by what he had learned about Penn State and the coaching staff; and a third investigation by the University’s Board of Trustees.</p><p>The Trustees have been under considerable pressure from the Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, who began the investigation more than two years ago while serving as the state’s attorney general.&nbsp;</p><p>Both Munson and Raye-Stout said that they had never seen anything like this in years of covering sports. In his 22 years reporting on scandals and legal issues in sports, Munson said there have been times when, as a journalist, there was some satisfaction and happiness in covering a scandal—but that this was no such an occasion and referred to the reports of the alleged abuse thus far as, “disgusting, repulsive and abhorrent.”</p><p>Unfortunately, Munson added, he was afraid there could be more abuse allegations to come.</p><p>As to whether the NCAA might pursue the matter, Munson said it has no jurisdiction. But, he expected that Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany would exercise his authority in some way. In a statement, Delany offered sympathy for the alleged victims and their families and added that there would be no comment or conclusions drawn until the grand jury and the university’s Board of Trustees’ Special Committee finished their respective investigations of the circumstances that gave rise to the grand jury report.</p><p>The elephant in the room, Raye-Stout explained, was the fact that college sports remained a multi-billion dollar industry which creates power and desire to cover up any malfeasance so sports can continue to profit.</p><p>Munson wrote a column Friday in response to the fallout wherein he suggested that for Penn State to recover, it should cancel football for the next two years and start over. He echoed Raye-Stout’s point and said that the money involved in college sports skews everything, adding that it distorts the balance between academics and sports and is the root cause for the many bizarre things that happen in college sports. Munson noted that his employer, ESPN, pays billions of dollars for college sports making the media giant a part of the problem as well.</p><p>As additional alleged victims come forward, they will be debriefed by Pennsylvania authorities.</p><p>“We must also watch,” Munson said, “as Sandusky prepares his defense—is he going to dig in and defend this or is he going to plead guilty and take his punishment and make a bargain with the prosecutors? All of this, we have, on the horizon,” Munson finished.</p></p> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 16:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-11/unpacking-penn-state-fallout-93963 Halas and Lombardi rivalry looms over Bears-Packers game http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-23/halas-and-lombardi-rivalry-looms-over-bears-packers-game-92367 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-23/AP680219024 - Halas Lombardi.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Bears-Packers rivalry was never limited to the fans. Two long-standing leaders also helped cement the contentious relationship: George Halas of the Bears and Vince Lombardi of the Packers were NFL giants. The Bears' headquarters and the National Football Conference trophy is named for Halas, and the Super Bowl trophy bears Lombardi's namesake.</p><p>Earlier this year, <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>turned to two sports experts to find out more about the relationship between these rivals. <a href="http://www.davidmaraniss.com/" target="_blank">David Maraniss</a>, author of the book - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/When-Pride-Still-Mattered-Lombardi/dp/0684870185" target="_blank"><em>When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi</em></a>, and <a href="http://www.lestermunson.com" target="_blank">Lester Munson</a>, a writer and investigative reporter for <a href="http://espn.go.com/" target="_blank">ESPN.com</a> and a regular voice on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Soft Cell, "Chips On My Shoulder", from the album Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, (Island-Mercury)</em></p></p> Fri, 23 Sep 2011 13:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-23/halas-and-lombardi-rivalry-looms-over-bears-packers-game-92367