Converting nested JSON to a tidy data frame with R

UPDATE: The data retrieval demonstrated in this post no longer seems to work due to a change in the ESPN’S “secret” API. In any matter, the techniques for working with JSON data are still valid. In this “how-to” post, I want to detail an approach that others may find useful for converting nested (nasty!) json to a tidy (nice!) data.frame/tibble that is should be much easier to work with. 1