Adam Schefter had some news to share. On this morning, the audience numbered only one: an AFC executive who had just called.
“Well, I got a few things for you,” Schefter said. “Number one, you got the Titans and Eagles, both very anxious to trade for a wide receiver. They’re both in the wide receiver market. So they’re looking and my understanding is your team is loaded at receiver. . . ”
Schefter was in the back seat of a silver GMC Yukon. His driver, a buddy who lives nearby on Long Island, was behind the wheel, navigating the state roads that lead to ESPN’s sprawling campus. Schefter, the sports network’s ever-present NFL news-breaker, had a BlackBerry in his right hand — his “texting” phone — and the iPhone to his ear.
From a media standpoint, the NFL is covered unlike anything else in American sport, and somehow Schefter’s reporting rises above the din. He’s perfected the formula perhaps better than any NFL reporter who’s ever preceded him: a tireless work ethic, the bully pulpit of ESPN and the leveraging of information from sources as a commodity to get more from others.
“He’s crucial because he basically has become sort of this omnipresent guy who seems to know everything,” said Peter King, the veteran Sports Illustrated writer and proprietor of the site TheMMQB.com. “And if he doesn’t know everything, it takes him only 10 minutes to find out what he doesn’t know.”
Schefter attended zero games last year and rarely talks to athletes face-to-face, yet he’s the reporter who keeps beat writers up late at night, the most prolific news-breaker in America’s most popular sport. As the NFL season prepares to kick off Thursday night, According to Adam Schefter has become a phrase every football fan knows all too well.
“There’s a myth out there that people think somebody else gets the majority of the stories. That’s baloney,” said Chris Mortensen, Schefter’s ESPN colleague. “If we’re talking batting percentages, Adam is Tony Gwynn times two.”
With more than three million followers, Schefter, 47, has a larger Twitter flock than any other ESPN personality — and nearly double that of any other NFL reporter. Social media exists somewhere at the crossroads of Schefter’s high motor and a nation’s endless appetite. Others certainly contribute important reporting to the game’s biggest headlines, but on a day-to-day basis, whether a transaction impacts your favorite franchise or just your fantasy team, no one is more important than Schefter. He lives, breathes and eats the NFL. If he slept, he’d sleep it, too.
“We used to joke he should just put a charging dock in his head, like a cyborg,” said the NFL Network’s Rich Eisen. “[His phone] is already basically attached to his ear.”
“He’s constantly moving, but that’s how he’s comfortable,” his wife, Sharri Schefter, said. “I always say to him, sit down, relax. I don’t know if he can do that.”
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Matt Moscona Named PD of 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge
“Watching 104.5 ESPN grow from its inception to one of the most respected brands in sports talk in the country has been extraordinary.”
104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge host Matt Moscona has been named Program Director of the Guaranty Media station.
Moscona hosts After Further Review, which is simulcast on 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge as well as as 100.3 ESPN New Orleans. He also hosts the Rosters to Riches podcast, which discusses the largest stories in the Name, Image, and Likeness space.
“Watching 104.5 ESPN grow from its inception to one of the most respected brands in sports talk in the country has been extraordinary,” Moscona said. “I’m honored to have been chosen to help continue our growth in this new role.”
Moscona joined Guaranty Media in 2010 after a stint at iHeartMedia in Baton Rouge.
“Matt Moscona is the perfect person to help grow ESPN Baton Rouge as we continue to increase the amount of content we produce and the number of platforms we are distributing that content to daily,” Guaranty Media GM Gordy Rush said.
“Matt’s dedication to the growth of the brand from day one and how that impacts the listeners and the businesses we serve makes him the perfect person to bring 1045 ESPN to the next level,” added Guaranty Media COO TJ Solis.
Maggie Gray: Kids Don’t Belong at Postgame Press Conferences
“I’m not saying kids shouldn’t be part of this, but to be up there in the press conference after a game? No.”
A video of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni’s daughter went viral after she mimicked him during the NFC Championship Game postgame press conference. And while she believes it’s cute, CBS Sports Radio host Maggie Gray believes kids don’t need to be there.
During Maggie and Perloff Monday, Gray contended that the press conference is when people are working, and simply isn’t a place children need to be.
“All professional athletes: your kids are cute. They’re all cute,” Gray said. “We both have kids, they’re cute. Kids are naturally cute. We can see your kids down on the field with confetti, I’m not saying kids shouldn’t be part of this, but to be up there in the press conference after a game? No. These are reporters trying to do their job, number one. And two, we have plenty of time to see your kids. They shouldn’t be up there.”
Gray was joined by Eliot Shorr-Parks, the Philadelphia Eagles reporter for 94WIP. He slightly disagreed while co-host Andrew Perloff remained mostly quiet on the subject.
Some critics have argued athletes and coaches have utilized their children as a quasi-shield from tough, difficult, or uncomfortable questions. While Gray doesn’t posit that here, she does make the case that the press conference is an area where reporters are trying to work, and the distraction of children isn’t conducive to that environment.
Gregg Giannotti: Kay Adams Grabbed My Man Boob
“I’m not upset at her. I’m more upset with me for possessing these man boobs.”
Many of sports media’s biggest personalities are assembled in Arizona for Radio Row at the Super Bowl. WFAN morning host Gregg Giannotti was introduced to FanDuel TV’s Kay Adams yesterday, and he will remember the interaction for years to come.
During Boomer & Gio Tuesday morning, Giannotti explained the interaction came to be after he was going to 93.7 The Fan’s area to record an interview with Andrew Fillipponi when the pair bumped into Adams, who Fillipponi works with on the sports betting cable channel.
“The first thing she does is the classic ‘Where’s Boomer? Why isn’t he here? He doesn’t want to see me? Where did he go?’ So I go ‘You smell that rubber, Kay? That’s Boomer’,” explained Giannotti. “So then, I look over and she’s got a display of a tequila competitor that’s in front of her set, that’s not Casamigos. So then she sees me wearing the Casamigos sweatshirt that you have on, so playfully — she’s not angered by this, but playfully — she says ‘Oh no, no, no. You can’t wear that around here.’
“She puts her hand right here on my left man boob, and covers up the logo, and gives me two squeezes on the left man boob. Now, I am — at this point — completely floored. Because never once in my life — man, female — has anyone grabbed my man boob and gave it a honk-honk. And that’s what happened.”
“Was it titillating?” Boomer Esiason laughingly asked. Giannotti responded with a resounding no.
“It felt weird. It wasn’t titillating. It’s emasculating. It wasn’t like she was rubbing the back of my head saying ‘Oh, I love Boomer & Gio‘, she’s grabbing the most self-conscious part of my body and honking it.”
“She honked your boob,” Esiason said. “Did you honk her boob back?”
“Of course not!” shouted Giannotti. “I wouldn’t be sitting here right now!”
When asked by Esiason if he had PTSD or was upset about the situation, Giannotti said he was more upset with himself.
“I’m not upset at her. I’m more upset with me for possessing these man boobs and allowing something like this to happen. It’s more of a self-deprecation thing with me. Whatever she said after that, I don’t remember. It’s just black,” Giannotti joked.
“The whole time I’m just thinking ‘honk-honk, Kay Adams, the thing in the NFL right now, honk-honk, Kay Adams, oh look there’s Kay Adams, what’s Kay Adams wearing, Oh my god Kay Adams is here’ and the first time I meet her she’s going ‘honk-honk’ on my man boob.”