The latest shot fired in the ongoing war between ESPN and non-ESPN sports media came from NFL insider, Jay Glazer.
On Tuesday morning, shortly after Glazer reported that Ben Roethlisberger would miss the Pittsburgh Steelers’ next game, SportsCenter went ahead and reported the same exact news. Only instead of crediting Glazer with breaking the story, the World Wide Leader’s flagship show said they got the information from sources.
That elicited this response from Glazer:
Hey @sportscenter just to clear up confusion, my last name is not spelled S-O-U-R-C-E. Unless my mom got it wrong all these years— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) November 14, 2012
Crazy how so many of us in the biz seem to have the same last name. i must have a ton of siblings mom never told me ... tmi.me/zb5SW— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) November 14, 2012
The only reason this is even an issue is because it’s ESPN, and ESPN has something of a history when it comes to not crediting writers who don’t wear their colors. That said, is it entirely possible that sources did inform the WWL of the same thing that Glazer was told at right around the same time? Of course. That’s how news always breaks. ESPN employs one of the best NFL writers around – assuming that they somehow wouldn’t be privy to news is ridiculous.
It’s hard to shake a reputation, though. And when you have a reputation for not crediting sources, this sort of thing is inevitably going to happen.