Wednesday, June 10, 2009
This was about 6 months in the making, but ESPN officially added ex-NFLNer, Adam Schefter, to its stable of NFL reporters today. Schefter had been in a contract dispute with the NFL Network for awhile, and was waiting for his contract to run out. Schefter will join the "Leader" this August, and will continue to be based out of New York. Here are the details via ESPN....
Adam Schefter, one of the top National Football League reporters and insiders, will join ESPN as an NFL correspondent in August. Schefter, who worked for NFL Network, will appear on such programs as SportsCenter, NFL Live, Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown, as well as ESPNEWS throughout the year. He will write regular columns for ESPN.com and contribute to ESPN Radio and other platforms. Schefter will continue to be based in New York.During the last year, Schefter established himself as perhaps the best reporter in the NFL. Obviously working for a channel owned by the league helped, but during the last two drafts, no one worked harder and brought more information than Schefter. The move also positions ESPN to be the breaking news king, with both Schefter and Chris Mortensen under their umbrella. This now means that Fox's Jay Glazer will have to work that much harder to stay on top of the pack.
“Adam has covered the NFL for 20 years and he is widely respected for his professional approach and ability to uncover stories,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president, production. “He is a tremendous addition to our roster of NFL insiders who provide year-round coverage across ESPN’s platforms.”
Schefter added: “The name ESPN speaks for itself. Its reputation stands alone. I watched ESPN growing up, so to be a part of the programming that every football fan watches, and really has always watched, and to be a part of such a talented group of people, it’s surreal to me. It feels like I’m a late addition to the Pro Bowl. I’m flattered, honored, humbled - and I can’t wait to get to work.”