Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.
Twitter handle: @jeffmason1
Fox brushes off World Cup woes: The surprise failure of the United States men’s soccer team to qualify for next year’s World Cup will not affect Fox Sports' plans to televise the tournament, according to the network, which shelled out $200 million for the rights.
It ain’t your grandpa’s Nintendo: As esports become increasingly popular, the high-tech tournaments are grappling with some age-old problems: match-fixing and doping.
Tough-talking Trump: President Trump this week continued his crusade against NFL players who choose to kneel during the national anthem in protest, telling Fox News that team owners should do more to intervene. “I think they’re afraid of their players,” Trump said. “And I think it’s disgraceful.” An NFL spokesman refuted Trump’s statement.
‘Steroid Era’ runs out of juice: Major League Baseball set a record for home runs in a single season this week, after Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon hit the 5,694th for the year on Tuesday. The previous record was set in 2000 during what has been dubbed the “Steroid Era.”
Mettle for medals: Recent North Korean missile tests may have rattled world leaders, but Olympic athletes bound for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, this upcoming February say they’re not concerned with growing regional tensions.
That was quick: The New England Patriots put to rest speculation of a possible perfect, 16-0 season Thursday night when they fell to the Kansas City Chiefs in a stunning 42-27 loss to open the NFL season.
A history-making fight? After months of profanity-laced hype, Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor face off in a Las Vegas boxing bout Saturday. Purists have dismissed the fight as nothing more than a cash grab with McGregor in line for a $100 million pay day and Mayweather adding upwards of $200 million to push his career earnings towards the $1 billion mark.
Ezekiel Elliott suspended: The NFL handed a six-game suspension to Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott after his former girlfriend accused him of domestic assault. The suspension is part of the league’s new policy on domestic violence.
Got a spare couple billion lying around?: After nearly 25 years, the owner of the NBA’s Houston Rockets is putting the team on the market. When he purchased the team in 1993, financier Leslie Alexander paid a reported $85 million. But Alexander could reasonably attach a nearly $2 billion price tag to the Rockets today, sports marketing expert Rick Horrow said in this week’s podcast.
Another win in the Williams dynasty?: Venus Williams faces off against Garbine Muguruza in the Wimbledon final this Saturday after a stunning performance throughout the tennis tournament. If she wins, 37-year-old Williams will become the oldest woman to win Wimbledon in 109 years.