At ESPN, our reputation and credibility with viewers, readers and listeners are of paramount concern. While our goal is always to be accurate and fair, occasionally we will present an erroneous assertion of fact. Significant errors of fact will be corrected in a clear and timely manner, with appropriate prominence.
Correctable errors involve a significant factual mistake, or materially change the implication or connotation of the reporting. This policy is not intended to cover inconsequential factual errors, such as minor statistical mistakes, inadvertent and immaterial misidentifications, minor inaccuracies in a developing story or font errors that don't impair the viewers' understanding of a story.
Each unit at ESPN -- such as Studio, Remote, Magazine, Radio, ESPN.com and other networks -- will implement this policy in a manner applicable to its medium. Corrections of significant factual errors across all media, as warranted, will be posted on ESPN.com's corrections page for a period of time.
ESPN produces 24/7 programming and services, across many platforms and under fierce deadline pressures. Mistakes are inevitable. A meaningful policy for correcting significant errors will engender trust with viewers, listeners and readers. ESPN's willingness to correct mistakes, as necessary, is directly proportional to our credibility with our audiences. ESPN will regularly review and amend the policy as warranted.
Jackie Robinson's contractsApril 13, 2016 4:54 PM
An April 10, 2016, story on ESPN.com incorrectly reported that entrepreneur Mykalai Kontilai said he had letters from Jackie Robinson's widow, Rachel, and the Jackie Robinson Foundation supporting the authenticity of contracts Robinson signed with Brooklyn and Montreal. Instead, Kontilai, who owns the contracts, said he had letters from those parties supporting the documents' sale. Updated story
Brianna Butler's fatherMarch 29, 2016 11:15 AM
A March 27 video caption on ESPN.com incorrectly noted the father of Syracuse women's basketball player Brianna Butler. Butler's father, David, did not play professional basketball. Updated video
Deflategate clarificationMarch 3, 2016 8:21 AM
A Jan. 21, 2015 story on ESPN.com reported, citing sources, that 11 of 12 footballs were underinflated by 2 pounds per square inch during the New England Patriots' win over the Indianapolis Colts. Additional reporting clarified that 11 of the 12 balls were significantly underinflated, ranging up to 2 pounds per square inch. Updated story
Wrong photoFebruary 12, 2016 3:24 PM
A Jan. 22 ESPNFC.com included an incorrect photo. The photo should have been of Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain. Updated Story
Mickelson match timelineJanuary 16, 2016 4:55 PM
A Jan. 16 ESPN.com story incorrectly noted the timeline of when a match between Phil Mickelson and Ryan Ruffels occurred. Mickelson had previously been an assistant coach at Arizona State and had in the past tried to convince Ruffels to play for the Sun Devils. Updated story
FIFA alertJanuary 13, 2016 12:04 PM
A Jan. 13 alert sent by ESPNFC was sent out with incorrect wording. The alert should have said: "FIFA: Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay fined for anti-gay chants by fans."
Pistons preseason scheduleAugust 24, 2015 10:23 PM
An Aug. 21 post on ESPN.com's Detroit Pistons team page incorrectly linked to the team's 2015 preseason schedule. The schedule has yet to be released. Pistons team page