Back when I was studying journalism at the University of Delaware in the mid-1990s, Bill Fleischman, my beloved professor and a legendary Philadelphia Daily News hockey scribe, made it perfectly clear that anonymous quotes and third-party sourcing and self-insertions into the news -- while allowable in the most dire of circumstances -- should only be used as the last of last resorts. "At the end of the day, your reputation is all you have," he memorably told us. "And if your reporting isn't sound, your reputation isn't, either."Saw this the other day and held it for Monday, but I'll post now. Sports Illustrated and ESPN have been relative competitors for some time, particularly in print and digital. SI tried to partner with TNT for a "SportsCenter"-type show, but it didn't work out. This is a big swing from SI, and connects right on the jaw.
Look at us now. Just as it was with Brett Favre before James and A-Rod before Favre, ESPN has morphed into the LeBron Network -- one talking head asking another talking head to comment on the comments of a third talking head.
Who regulates "sources" or "reports?" In ESPN's case it's executives. "Breaking News" has been replaced with "Coors light 6 pack of questions about absolutely nothing..."
Or, " listen Chris or Ric, we need you to come up with something interesting about Lebron. What are your people hearing?"
I know this because I've been on network TV. I've tried to gather information but what it always comes down to is, people have relationships, but in this specific case, "NOBODY KNOWS ANYTHING." Even the most well-connected reporters, which I am not. Fortunately, I've been able to tell that story repeatedly on "The Daily Line."
It is what it is, and all that is fine, and like we've talked about, go a little deeper for yourself. Because in this day an age, you are part of the story too because you can have a platform to tell it.
Or just wait for the press conferences...
When you get the chance, if you haven't already, pick up Pearlman's book "The Bad Guys Won"...great read on the 1986 Mets.