Friday, September 21, 2007
It's corporate nature to cower in the face of a larger entity and throw your employees under the bus. It started with the whole Janet Jackson issue (I like to call it Tittygate because it HAS to be a "gate") and most recently occured when Don Imus got the ax. It's really unfortunate, but you shouldn't be surprised when it happens.
Well the next case of this practice might happen with FOX Sports. There are rumors that FOX might be trying to force Jay Glazer into revealing who his source is/was. The good news is that Glazer isn't budging....
Since Fox, which pays the NFL billions for the right to televise games, is partners with the league, there is always a chance Glazer will be pressured - internally - to give up his source. Fox Sports has not yet been contacted by the NFL regarding Glazer's video report. Glazer also said he did not tell anyone at Fox how he obtained the tape.Wow. It's good that somebody besides Greg Anderson still has morals, but the only problem is that EVERY major network is in bed with the NFL. If you get fired from this Jay it might be time to look into that MMA career. Hell, that might not be a bad idea either.
"I told them (Fox Sports executives) if my source is an issue then let's not run the video," Glazer said. "And if they come to me now and say, 'Look, you have no job unless you tell us.' I would tell them: 'Then I better start looking for a new job.' If I ever gave somebody up that would be my last scoop - ever. I live in a world of trust."
There's also another issue that if I was Jay Glazer I'd be pissed about. ESPN just happened to "break" the story that the NFL had a strong desire to identify the source. And while that may or may not even be true, Jay Glazer's source will not likely be giving him any more information anytime soon. Every angle that he had for this weekend is probably washed up.
So the question is.......Is it fair game to hinder your competition like that? I guess it is, but it's an iffy practice because no one even knows if the league is pressuring FOX for real or not.
"Was the agenda to report news or put a competitor at a distinct disadvantage? "I don't know," Glazer said. "But I find that particular aspect of all this very disappointing."NFL has spies out for tape source (NY Daily News)
P.S.- Finding Jay in that picture above is like "Where's Waldo". Peter King distracted me so much that I didn't even notice Adam Sandler at first let alone Jay.