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ESPN produces 24/7 programming and services, across many platforms and under fierce deadline pressures. Mistakes are inevitable. A meaningful policy for correcting significant errors will engender trust with viewers, listeners and readers. ESPN's willingness to correct mistakes, as necessary, is directly proportional to our credibility with our audiences. ESPN will regularly review and amend the policy as warranted.
Quotes regarding NeymarJune 14, 2018 4:51 PM
A June 14 story on ESPN FC used quotes regarding Neymar that his representatives said were inaccurate. The story was removed, re-edited to reflect the dispute and has been put back into the ESPN FC archives. Updated story
Incorrect tweetMay 3, 2018 1:22 PM
A May 1 ESPN FC report included a tweet from a Twitter account attributed to Brad Friedel. The tweet was fake and was added due to an editing error the day after publication. The tweet has been removed from the story. Updated story
ESPN reportingMarch 1, 2018 1:39 PM
Additional reporting confirmed that ESPN was correct in a Feb. 24 SportsCenter video talk back which stated that Arizona coach Sean Miller and Christian Dawkins, a key figure in the FBI's investigation into college basketball corruption, spoke in 2017. A correction of that report, issued Feb. 25, misstated that the conversation in question took place in 2016. ESPN stands by the reporting of the story on SportsCenter and ESPN digital media.
Alabama assistantsFebruary 27, 2018
In a story Feb. 22 about Alabama football's promotion and hiring of assistants, The Associated Press misspelled the name of new defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi. Updated story
Mills taunted by fanFebruary 26, 2018 2:12 PM
In a Feb. 25 ESPN.com story, the choice of words a fan said to Patty Mills was unclear. After further investigation, the fan said "Hey Jamaica called" twice to Mills. Updated story
Year of Miller-Dawkins conversationFebruary 25, 2018 8:15 PM
In a Feb. 24 SportsCenter talkback, ESPN used the wrong year in discussing the timeline in a story about telephone conversations between Arizona coach Sean Miller and Christian Dawkins, a key figure in the FBI's investigation into college basketball corruption. Sources told ESPN the call in question was made in 2016.
Panthers saleDecember 21, 2017 12:24 PM
A Dec. 19 story on the possible sale of the Carolina Panthers incorrectly indicated the Panthers' stadium deal. The team agreed in 2013 to stay in Charlotte through the 2018 season in exchange for $87.5 million from the city in stadium upgrades. They do not lease the stadium. Additionally, owner Jerry Richardson's total profit from a future sale of the team is uncertain at this time. Updated story
Report of Phillies nearing Addison Reed dealDecember 12, 2017 10:01 PM
A December 12 report on ESPN's platforms incorrectly reported that the Philadelphia Phillies were nearing a deal with free-agent reliever Addison Reed. The Phillies instead were closing in on an agreement with free-agent reliever Tommy Hunter.
Quotes regarding Lionel MessiSeptember 3, 2017 3:09 PM
A Sept. 3 story on ESPN FC used quotes regarding Lionel Messi that were not verified or confirmed as accurate. The story has been removed from ESPNFC's archives.