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ETHOS Awards

20170124_190432_resized4th Annual ETHOS Awards Banquet Honoring ESPN’s Outside the Lines

by Institute of Sports Law & Ethics hosted by University of the Pacific
January 24th, 2017, 6:00-9:00 PM

The ETHOS Award is given to honor a specific decision, for an exemplary action, or for an initiative or program that have contributed to the ethics of sport and its positive role in American society. This year we are honored to award ESPN’s Outside the Lines at our 4th Annual Ethos Award

Outside the Lines has consistently showed us both the good and bad in sport, the way that sport can bring us together for a common good and the way that sport can divide, alienate and discriminate. In showing both sides of the coin, OTL has cemented a viewpoint that fights for safety, fairness, equity, exposing wrongdoing and corruption while showcasing how sport can serve as a moral and foundational background for those of all ages.


Award Criteria:

  1. The award will be given for a specific decision, for an exemplary action, or for an initiative or program that have contributed to the ethics of sport and its positive role in American society.  It is not given for the general character of an individual but for a specific accomplishment.
  2. The award can be given to an individual, a group of individuals, or an organization.
  3. Preference will be given to a decision, action, initiative or program that is recent.
  4. The award may be given for any action which contributed to the conception, development, implementation or impact of a decision, action, initiative or program.
  5. Ethics in sport refers to adherence to the rules, practices, and structures that promote fair opportunity and fair competition for all participants, concern for the safety of all athletes, and/or a concern for the positive impact sport can have on American life and on the moral formation of all participants.

San Francisco, Calif. – University of the Pacific Athletics, host of the Institute of Sports Law & Ethics (ISLE), is holding the 4th Annual ETHOS Award Banquet on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. The dinner will get underway at 7:15 pm at UOP’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, located at 155 5th Street in San Francisco. A reception for the evening will begin at 6:00pm in the Molinari Great Hall, with the evening moving to Dorfman Hall for the banquet.

The ETHOS Award is given to honor a specific decision, for an exemplary action, or for an initiative or program that has contributed to the ethics of sport and its positive role in American society. This year we are honored to present ESPN’s Outside the Lines with the ETHOS Award.

Outside the Lines (OTL) has consistently showed us both the good and bad in sport, the way that sport can bring us together for a common good and the way that sport can divide, alienate and discriminate. In showing both sides of the coin, OTL has cemented a viewpoint that fights for safety, fairness and equity, exposing wrongdoing and corruption while showcasing how sport can serve as a moral and foundational background for those of all ages.

“Over the years, Outside The Lines has shown all sides of sports, but always with an eye for the truth and how it can better serve our society, said Pacific’s Director of Athletics and Board of Directors member Dr. Ted Leland.

Receiving the award on behalf of Outside The Lines, will be reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru.

Mark Fainaru-Wada has been an investigative reporter for ESPN’s Enterprise Unit since 2007, which is charged with developing long-form, investigative features to be presented across multiple platforms. League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth, his New York Times Best Seller with his brother and ESPN colleague, Steve Fainaru about the NFL and brain damage came out in 2013. Mark’s notable work for ESPN has included breaking the story, along with colleague T.J. Quinn, that Ryan Braun had tested positive for steroids; an investigation into the Dallas Cowboys use of factories that employ workers in sweatshop conditions to make team apparel; an examination of the relationship between the demise of physical education in the public schools and the nation’s child obesity crisis; and a story on former 49er Chris Borland and his early retirement due to potential brain damage. Previously, at the San Francisco Chronicle, the work of Fainaru-Wada and colleague Lance Williams on the BALCO steroids case earned them a string of national honors, including the George Polk, Edgar A. Poe, Dick Schaap Excellence in Journalism and Associated Press Sports Editors awards. In March 2006 Fainaru-Wada and Williams published “Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal That Rocked Professional Sports,” which became an immediate New York Times best-seller and prompted Major League Baseball to launch an investigation into steroid use in its sport.

Steve Fainaru works alongside his brother Mark with ESPN’s Enterprise Unit and Outside the Lines. Fainaru won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2008 for his 10-part series on widespread abuses involving Blackwater and other private security contractors in Iraq for the Washington Post. He was a 2006 Pulitzer Prize finalist (International Reporting) for his Iraq coverage for The Washington Post. League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth, his New York Times Best Seller with his brother and ESPN colleague, Mark Fainaru-Wada about the NFL and brain damage came out in 2013. Fainaru began his career with the San Jose Mercury News, where he covered sports. He later worked at the Boston Globe before moving to the Washington Post. He is the author of two books, Big Boy Rules: American Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq (Da Capo, 2008) and The Duke of Havana: Baseball, Cuba and the Search for the American Dream (Villard, 2000). He is a four-time first-place winner in Associated Press Sports Editors competition.

About the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics The Institute of Sports Law and Ethics was founded by the Santa Clara School of Law, SCU Athletic Department, and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. At the beginning of 2017, ISLE has transitioned to University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. Its 25-member board includes distinguished athletes and sports executives. The institute’s signature event is an annual Symposium on Sports Law and Ethics in September, covering subjects such as concussions, steroids, amateurism, and the commercial use of athletes’ images. In 2012 ISLE added a community outreach component, established the ETHOS Award, and created a task force to study amateurism. For more information see law.scu.edu/sportslaw.

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Thanks for a wonderful event last night.  Ted Robinson was unbelievable as an emcee – the man has gold-plated vocal chords.  Mark Fainaru-Wada’s acceptance address on behalf of OTL was so sincere, his passion for his work was evident and impressive to my guests, two of whom asked me afterward how they could get involved with ISLE.