Ohlmeyer discussed the internal conflict between the network's business and studio side, which looked at the show as a coup, and the newsgathering side, which was concerned it would compromise its integrity.
Among some other ESPN mistakes that Ohlmeyer noted:
In the aftermath of the special, Vince Doria, ESPN senior vice president and director of news, said, "You can't justify paying for news. There are no excuses here. The hope is that we learned something from this, that we won't repeat the error, and that we can restore any lost confidence in our ability to objectively report and present the news."
Let's hope it's a lesson ESPN learns. As bad as announcement shows are, leave them to high school recruits and not egotistical superstars.
Link to Ohlmeyer column