Jeff Benedict & Associates LLC on 19 August 2010

Southern Virginia University Press Release

by Jeff Benedict

Southern Virginia University Press Release

Yesterday Southern Virginia University Distinguished Professor of English Jeff Benedict joined Sports Illustrated as a columnist on SI.com. Benedict will write a regular column called "Sports and Society," which will cover the off-the-field aspects of professional and college sports. His debut column appeared yesterday and takes a hard look at the recent rash of pro athletes arrested for domestic violence.

In 2004 Benedict did a series of articles on the Kobe Bryant rape case for Sports Illustrated magazine. He joins SI.com at a time when the website averages about 350 million hits and 19 million unique users a month.

“We’re delighted to add Jeff Benedict to our stable of outstanding writers,” says B.J. Schecter, Assistant Managing Editor at SI.com. “Jeff is one of the nation’s leading voices on athletes and violence and will regularly provide insight and analysis on the growing and concerning issue.”

Benedict is the author of nine critically acclaimed books, including four on athletes and crime. His books Pros and Cons: The Criminals Who Play the NFL and Out of Bounds: Inside the NBA’s Culture of Rape, Violence and Crime were bestselling exposés that revealed the shocking number of criminals playing in the NFL and the NBA. Benedict’s groundbreaking reporting on the aftermath of the Kobe Bryant rape case for the Los Angeles Times led to an AP award in 2004. Benedict also conducted the first national study on the rates of sexual assault and domestic violence amongst college athletes, and he produced the first and only study to examine the arrest and conviction rates for pro and college athletes charged with crimes.

Benedict joined the Southern Virginia faculty in 2007. He teaches a class on current issues and a seminar he designed called "Writing and Mass Media," which features guest lecturers from book publishing, television broadcasting, and print and online media.

“I am not surprised that the most recognized voice in sports, Sports Illustrated, has hired Jeff to write for them,” says President Rodney K. Smith, “As one who has written and taught extensively regarding sports law and policy, I have come to respect Professor Benedict’s work. I certainly wish I could have taken a class from someone like Jeff Benedict when I was in college.”

Jeff Benedict is the bestselling author of sixteen non-fiction books and he’s a television and film producer. His latest book, The Dynasty, is the definitive inside story of the New England Patriots under Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Published in 2020, it was an instant New York Times bestseller. In 2018, Jeff co-wrote the #1 bestseller Tiger Woods. Jeff was an executive producer on the HBO documentary “Tiger” that was based on the book and aired in 2021. The book is currently being developed into a scripted series, which Jeff is executive producing. Jeff is also the executive producer on a documentary based on his book Poisoned that will air on Netflix. Jeff has written over 100 stories and has been a special-features writer for Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Times, and the Hartford Courant, and his essays have appeared in the New York Times. His work has been the basis of segments on 60 Minutes, CBS Sunday Morning, HBO Real Sports, Discovery Channel, Good Morning America, 20/20, 48 Hours, NFL Network, CNN, and NPR.

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