In just a month's time, the Jerry Sandusky Penn State scandal has had 3 culminating spikes of interest. The trial verdict, Freeh Report release, and formal NCAA response swiftly closed out a historic second act in what will surely go down as one of sport's largest sagas to ever crossover to mainstream public interest. The fallout will reverberate for quite some time, but for now there is a sense of turning the page.
SI shared the cover of their next edition (above) and I'm sure you'll find a very comprehensive read on the subject there. ESPN aired an OTL special in light of recent developments, and the programming people at the Big Ten Network are now covering the scandal in earnest. Across the media landscape, CBS, Yahoo, The New York Times, Huffington Post, etc, are all trying to come up with the most comprehensive or authoritative take on what's transpired in the last 30 days.
While I'm sure we're in store for some thoughtful journalism over the next week or so, looking back, the media certainly faced struggles in covering the Penn State scandal. This isn't meant to be an article lambasting the media both new and old over where mistakes have been made, but rather a look at some of the issues and factors that made this story potentially one of the most challenging for the sports media world to cover.