It's been more than five months since Poynter packed its bags and its independent review of Bristol's work and left ESPN as ombudsman. Considering how long it's taken, and how meh Poynter's run actually was, it was easy to forget ESPN ever even had an ombudsman at all.
Which is what makes today's decision pretty surprising, frankly: ESPN has tapped a giant of sports journalism, Robert Lipsyte, to become the network's fifth ombudsman. Lipsyte, a veteran of the Times and PBS and the author of many, many books, is a pretty exciting choice. He'll kick ESPN's ass when he has to, and he'll do it brilliantly. If only he were around last year to deal with this mess.