Stories

The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 27,000 investigative stories.

Most of our stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center directly at 573-882-3364 or rescntr@ire.org where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.

Search results for "Basketball" ...

  • The Swoosh Effect

    Our investigation exposed the insidious role of sneaker money in amateur basketball, offering new and damning examples of how companies such as Nike corrupt youth sports. Our reporting found that: Nike helped the family of Marvin Bagley III, a top-ranked recruit, move from bankruptcy into a gated community; Nike offered special perks to the star of its Portland grassroots team; Nike strategically offered apparel contracts to nearly all big Oregon high schools, costing the company $1 million annually; and the NCAA weakened rules for tracking shoe money in order to minimize transparency.
  • Laurel Prep Academy

    Adults squabbling over money, power and basketball…all while the kids they claim to be helping lose out. Our year and a half investigation into the Laurel Prep Academy and its parent organization the Laurel Boys and Girls Club prompted the state board of education to shut down the school, the state comptroller to launch an investigation, the city to hold emergency hearings and the club to fire its leadership and replace its entire board of directors.
  • Coach Misconduct at Rutgers

    After exclusively obtaining hundreds of hours of video of men's basketball practices at Rutgers University, ESPN's “Outside the Lines” ran a series of television and digital media reports that sparked a national conversation and had an almost immediate impact on the future of Rutgers athletics. On Tuesday, April 2, “Outside the Lines” reported across all platforms an initial report about how Rutgers men's head basketball coach Mike Rice for months had engaged in abusive behavior during practices -- hurling balls at players, kicking and shoving them and screaming obscenities, including homophobic slurs at them.
  • UNC Academic Fraud

    The News & Observer's reporting revealed one of the worst academic fraud cases ever seen at an American university -- more than 200 lecture-style classes over a 14-year-period that never met, and largely benefited athletes at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. It also revealed another athletic-related scandal: The mom of a basketball star had been hired to fund raise, and engaged in an affair with the vice chancellor for fundraising, with both then taking personal trips at university expense. The reporting forced the resignations of the chancellor, vice chancellor and his favorite fundraiser, as well as the academic chairman behind the bogus classes. It prompted numerous internal reforms related to the oversight and accountability of academic, athletic and fundraising matters. It also prompted at least five separate investigations, including criminal, which is still underway, and has put tremendous pressure on the NCAA to investigate.
  • Unfair Game

    Texas high school athletics rules prohibit students from transferring from district to district for athletic purposes, but that hasn’t stopped coaches and administrators from openly flouting the rules to assemble state championship-caliber teams as part of an underground recruiting system that puts athletics over academics. WFAA investigative reporter Brett Shipp's reports showed how improper recruiting helped Dallas' Kimball Knights build back-to-back state champ basketball teams, and how former Dallas Cowboy Deion Sanders' new school, Prime Prep Academy, also drew in blue-chip players against the rules.
  • Unfair Game

    Texas high school athletics rules prohibit students from transferring from district to district for athletic purposes, but that hasn’t stopped coaches and administrators from openly flouting the rules to assemble state championship-caliber teams as part of an underground recruiting system that puts athletics over academics. WFAA investigative reporter Brett Shipp's reports showed how improper recruiting helped Dallas' Kimball Knights build back-to-back state champ basketball teams, and how former Dallas Cowboy Deion Sanders' new school, Prime Prep Academy, also drew in blue-chip players against the rules.
  • The Carmel Assault Case

    The WTHR team investigates the alleged attack of a 14-year-old boy by three senior basketball players. The school dismissed it as a case of bullying, but a relentless push for Open Records revealed criminal activity.
  • Lebron James Exists Cleveland

    The story covers NBA star Lebron James' decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and sign with the Miami Heat.
  • Trouble in Jayhawk Nation

    A look into the University of Kansas' athletic program reveals a corrupt system. The Star reveals that the university's athletic director was paid an exorbitant salary and also uncovers connections between university officials and the felon who illegally resold hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of basketball tickets.
  • "Buffalo economic development agency scandal"

    The News exposed numerous economic blunders by members of Buffalo's economic development agency. The use of anti-poverty funds for employee health insurance perks and BlackBerry devices are just some of the misuses of city finances. The city also financed a failed restaurant that was owned by a "former pro basketball player" with the anti-poverty funds.