Monday’s news that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s suspension had been reinstated by a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals proved serendipitous for both E:60 and NFL Nation Patriots reporter, Mike Reiss.
Tonight’s E:60 (10 p.m. ET, ESPN) – featuring all NFL-related stories – introduces a seventh-grader from Massachusetts who says he can prove his hero is innocent. The kicker? The youngster just happens to share a surname with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Meanwhile, Reiss, a nearly 20-year veteran of the Pats’ beat, found himself forced into TV duty yesterday on a day where he was supposed to be in Bristol for meetings with fellow NFL Nation reporters.
“Ironically,” Reiss said, “one of the things we had just talked about in our NFL Nation meeting before the news broke was how reporters covering NFL teams are serving the company in different ways, and it’s a lot more than just producing written content on the team-specific blog. About an hour after hearing that, I was living it.”
In the two items below the SportsCenter video, we get insight on how both E:60 and Reiss handled their Deflategate assignments. Associate producer Brian Rivera discusses the E:60 feature and then Reiss talks about a day that got turned upside down for him and several colleagues.