The dark side of amateur sports

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Josh Fine of HBO; Jill Riepenhoff of InvestigateTV; Mark Schlabach of ESPN
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 24 at 10:15am
  • Location: Grand Canyon 4-5
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

From the little league fields to big-time college campuses, the drive to win at all costs is pervasive. Coaches cheat. Athletes prey on co-eds, and the administration looks the other way. Kids abuse their developing bodies to chase elusive scholarships. Parents cook the books for their personal benefit. This session will prep you to dig into the underbelly of sports.

Speaker Bios

  • Josh Fine is a Senior Segment Producer for HBO’s "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel." Recently he led the show's reporting team for its 90-minute segment on the International Olympic Committee, a report that won this year’s IRE Award as well as an Overseas Press Club Award. Previously Josh has been honored with an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, a Peabody, and three Emmy’s. Josh previously worked at "60 Minutes" and the ABC News Investigative Unit. @jfine1776

  • Jill Riepenhoff is a producer for InvestigateTV. Prior to joining the national TV team in 2017, she was an investigative reporter at The Columbus Dispatch for more than three decades. With that many years under her belt, she has written about all sorts of unsavory characters/agencies/laws. She also likes to dig into sports from time to time. She is a member of the IRE Board of Directors. @JRiep

  • @mark_schlabach is an investigative and college sports reporter for ESPN.

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