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The Sunday Long Read, 6/28/20

Hello! If there’s one thing to celebrate this weekend, it’s the return of American team sports. But before you dive back into the live action, please set your DVRs for ESPN 9 p.m. ET tonight as Don’s Backstory series returns to tell the full story of LeBron James’s “The Decision,” the primetime special on ESPN that changed sports 10 years ago this summer. For an appetizer, you can listen to Don on Friday’s episode of ESPN Daily or read his story about the Pistons fan who initially came up with the concept.

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P.S. Thanks for all the enthusiastic feedback on last week’s SLR Original story, written by Max Blau and edited by Peter Bailey-Wells, which was praised and recommended by Longform and others. A week later, the piece still holds up!

Annelise Jolley is a journalist and essayist who covers food, ecology, travel, and the terrain between. Her work appears or is forthcoming in National Geographic, Hidden Compass, Civil Eats, The Millions, Life & Thyme, and has been noted in The Best American Travel Writing 2019.

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