ESPN's 2008 campaign coverage
Following are highlights of ESPN's coverage of Barack Obama and John McCain's 2008 presidential campaigns:
• "E:60" aired a feature Aug. 19 on Reggie Love, the former Duke basketball player who serves as Obama's "body man." Producer David Picker wrote a companion story for ESPN.com.
• "E:60" aired a feature Sept. 9 on Cindy McCain, and her involvement with the auto racing sport of "drifting." Producer David Picker wrote a companion story for ESPN.com.
• Both of the above feature stories aired again on "E:60" on election night, Nov. 4.
• Paula Lavigne wrote a package of investigative stories for ESPN.com on athletes and sports organizations contributions to the campaigns. The stories were posted on Sept. 4.
• "SportsCenter" ran video on Thursday, Sept. 11, of both candidates at the World Trade Center site.
• Stuart Scott had a one-on-one interview with Obama, with a basketball playing element, which aired Sept. 2 on "SportsCenter." Bob Ley had a one-on-one interview with McCain at the NASCAR race in Loudon, N.H., which aired Sept. 16 on "SportsCenter." Both pieces also ran on consecutive days on OTL.
• Andy Katz reported a feature on Obama's brother-in-law, Craig Robinson, the basketball coach at Oregon State, which aired Sunday, Oct. 26, on OTL, then again on the daily OTL later in the week.
• Sal Paolantonio reported a feature on Sarah Palin's basketball history and short career as a sportscaster, including footage from her state championship-winning basketball game, that aired on the Sunday, Oct. 26, on OTL and again during the week.
• Both of the above pieces aired on "SportsCenter" on Tuesday, Nov. 4.
• Kenny Mayne did a "Mayne Event" parody on "NFL Countdown" in October from the debate at Hofstra, raising issue of NFL players losing their helmets as a national crisis. Had sound from aides to both candidates; Bob Schieffer, who moderated debate; and debate sound from both candidates.
• The "Mike & Mike Show" on ESPN Radio aired live interviews with both candidates in September.
• Rick Reilly wrote a column with Obama for ESPN The Magazine in an October issue, in which Reilly partnered with Obama to select a fantasy football team for ESPN.com's weekly game. McCain was offered a similar opportunity, but declined.
• MSNBC's Luke Russert had a feature and talkback for "College Football GameDay" on Oct. 25, detailing political involvement of college football players, including sound from players around the country.
• "NFL Countdown" aired a parody feature with George Wendt ("Da Bears") on Nov. 2, pondering what might have happened if Mike Ditka had run against Obama for Illinois' U.S. Senate seat in 2004, a move Ditka had considered. Ditka responded to the piece in studio.
• Chris Berman taped interviews with both candidates on Monday, Nov. 3, for use in halftime of "Monday Night Football." The interviews then ran on "SportsCenters," Monday night through Tuesday, and the transcripts and full video interviews appeared on ESPN.com.