By Jeff Rosen

APSE First Vice President

A team effort by Bleacher Report won first place for their long video in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2016 contest’s Over-175,000 circulation category.

The 25-person crew from Bleacher Report won for a 49 minute, 48 second-video documentary on Michael Vick. The production garnered three of a possible eight first-place votes from the judges.

The 25 staffers, whose names are listed below in the results portion of this story, will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2017 APSE banquet. The banquet and awards dinner concludes the June APSE Summer Conference in New Orleans.

Placing second in the Long Video category were Yahoo’s Chris Mannix, Ryan Dornbusch, Alan Springer, Marcus Vanderberg, Mario Framingheddu, Htet Gyaw and J.J. Brown.

Third place went to the New York Times Leslye Davis, Alexandra Garcia and Sergio Peçanha.

Sports editors in the Long Video category submitted a total of 19 entries this year. The contest is open to APSE members. Click here to join.

Contest chair Jeff Rosen and fellow APSE officers Tommy Deas, John Bednarowski and Robert Gagliardi numbered each entry, assuring they had been stripped of headlines, graphics, bylines and any other element that would identify the writer or news organization.

In February, preliminary judges at the APSE Winter Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and off-site around the country selected a top 10 in this category, with each judge ranking the entries in order from 1 to 10 separately on a secret ballot. Entries were given 10 points for a first-place vote, nine points for second and so on down to one point for a 10th-place vote. The final 10 were then given to a second judging group, which ranked the entries 1-10 in the same fashion. The winner and final rankings were determined by tallying the ballots.

The winners in each category will receive a plaque at the 2017 APSE Summer Conference at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans June 26-29. The second- through 10th-place entrants will receive frameable certificates. (Click here to register for the conference.)

In the Long Video category, entries over two minutes in length were judged on their strength of storytelling. Visual and auditory quality were also considered.

Here is the top 10, with links to writers’ Twitter pages (where applicable), APSE member websites and winning entries.

1- Johnny Sweet, Mike Kattenburg,  Isaac Fisher, Marc Kohn, Rory Brown, Joe Yanarella, David Finocchio, Kameron Mogadam, Gregg Hoedermann, Sam Hoedermann, Tom Filip, Ben Root, Ric Hine, Ryan Ricker, Jacob Satterfield, Juan Lopez, Kyle Blake, Louis Hamwey, Lance Becker, Thomas Moore, Chip Crell, Jon Wermuth, Brian Krikorian, Nick James and Fulton Dingley, Bleacher Report, 58 points, three first-place votes

Vick: An exclusive Bleacher Report documentary

2- Chris Mannix, Ryan Dornbusch, Alan Springer, Marcus Vanderberg, Mario Framingheddu, Htet Gyaw, J.J. Brown, Yahoo, 55 points, two first-place votes

Life After Death: The Toughest Fight For Sergey Kovalev

3- Leslye Davis, Alexandra Garcia, Sergio Peçanha, New York Times, 53 points, two first-place votes

The power of gold

4- Michael Hogue, Dallas Morning News, 50 points,

Welcome to the Rangers bandwagon, here’s a history of the team

5- TIE Jorge Ribas, Julio C. Negron, Adam Kilgore, Dan Steinberg, Washington Post, 46 points

Revisiting George Mason’s ‘magic carpet ride’ to the Final Four

5- TIE Aaron Ontiveroz, Denver Post, 46 points

Justice football helps at-risk high school students get back on track

7- Courtney Cronin, Marcus Thompson, Bay Area News Group, 43 points, one first-place vote

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8- Dan Bradley, Christine de la Rosa, Giovanni Reda, Roger Bagley, Shane Smith, Eddy Moretti, Suroosh Alvi, Hosi Simon, Ciel Hunter, Sara Rodriguez, Vice Sports, 34 points

Brian Anderson on being a gay professional skateboarder

9- Martin Rogers, Sandy Hooper, USA Today, 29 points

Cracklands: Rio’s deadly secret

10- Mel Melcon, Los Angeles Times, 14 points

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