How much do ombudsman matter? Well, that’s debatable. We do know that ESPN — a company that needs plenty of monitoring — just hired a good one, in Robert Lipsyte. Lipsyte has written many books, was a veteran of the New York Times, and won an Emmy for his work at PBS. He is, to put it bluntly, an icon in the sports journalism world.
“I’m thrilled at the chance to help the ESPN audience — which means just about all sports fans — to understand how the decisions are made, or not made, that affect the presentation of its sports news and entertainment,” Lipsyte said, in a statement. “Sports is an immensely important aspect of American social, moral and economic life and ESPN is the most important window on sports. My job is to keep that window transparent.”
Lipsyte begins in June. We can’t wait.