Putting ESPN under a microscope

Updated: July 12, 2005, 4:40 PM ET
By George Solomon | ESPN Ombudsman

The old friend I ran into in the elevator at The Washington Post last week had heard ESPN had hired me to be its first ombudsman. He was impressed but curious about why the largest and most prestigious sports television network in the world would hire me for such a job.

"What do you know about television?" he asked.

It was a good question, the answer to which had to be "nothing," except I've had one since 1950, when I was a 10-year-old living in Miami ...

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