Sports and media reporter Education: Ithaca College Ben Strauss covers sports and media for The Washington Post. Previously, he wrote about sports, media and politics for Politico Magazine and the New York Times. Honors & Awards:
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing
Foreign languages spoken: Spanish
Books by Ben Strauss:
Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA
Sports leagues around the world have wrestled with how to fake crowd noise, as playing in empty or near-empty stadiums became the bargain of playing through a pandemic. The NFL tapped two audio wizards to find a solution.
Four years after the NFL distanced itself from Colin Kaepernick’s protest, the league and its broadcast partners showed off a new position on social justice and protest. But don’t worry, they said: It’s not political.
This summer, as the pandemic, protests over racial injustice and the approaching election collided with the return of sports, Clay Travis’s nascent mini-media empire has morphed into the go-to platform for Republicans hoping to win over sports fans.