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No. 7 - ESPN's 'The Decision' and 'Press Pause'
"Marion Jones: Press Pause" and "The Decision"
ESPN had a great year in 2010. The "30 for 30" franchise made two different HitFix Top 10 lists. "Monday Night Football" continued to break ratings records. "Pardon the Interruption" shifted to HiDef and remained can't-miss TV whenever I have the time to watch. But "30 for 30" wasn't perfect and it took an Oscar nominated writer-director to deliver the saga's worst segment, an uninquisitive love letter to Marion Jones that was so lacking in focus and fresh information that Singleton could have ended the darned thing after 20 minutes and the doc would have been every bit as empty. As for "The Decision," it offended Sepinwall more than it offended me, because his NBA team was one of the losers for LeBron James' services. I wasn't bothered that King James abandoned Cleveland for Miami. I was offended that ESPN gave him an hour of programming and permanently destroyed the credibility of several established journalists to do so. I believe that some amount of money was contributed to community organizations as a result of "The Decision," guaranteeing a slightly higher place in this Bottom 10.