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Adam Schefter Let Bruce Allen Approve Unpublished Story

“The Los Angeles Times reports that in the email, Schefter referred to Allen as “Mr. Editor” and asked if there was anything he needed “to be added, changed or tweaked” in the story.”

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ESPN cannot be happy with the findings of the FBI’s investigation into the Washington Football Team. Less than a week after emails sent by Jon Gruden while he was the analyst on Monday Night Football showed the use of racist and abusive language, Adam Schefter is under a microscope.

The NFL insider sent former Washington Team President Bruce Allen an email seeking approval of a story that had yet to be published. The Los Angeles Times reports that in the email, Schefter referred to Allen as “Mr. Editor” and asked if there was anything he needed “to be added, changed or tweaked” in the story.

The exchange certainly does not look good for ESPN or Adam Schefter. However, some context may be necessary here. The role of an NFL Insider requires cultivating relationships with people that are or will become sources. The contents of the email may be unseemly, but not out of the ordinary.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk wrote that becoming friendly with a source is very common, but he still thought the email from Schefter was cause for concern.

“It’s a fascinating glimpse into the sausage-making process as it relates to NFL news. And it’s definitely not normal for reporters to send entire stories to a source for a review, a fact-check, a proofread, or whatever.”

ESPN issued a statement to the Los Angeles Times that reads: “Without sharing all the specifics of the reporter’s process for a story from 10 years ago during the NFL lockout, we believe that nothing is more important to Adam and ESPN than providing fans the most accurate, fair and complete story.”

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Barney Francis Takes Over As VP/Head Of Global Production For IMG

“Francis helped turn Sky Sports into one of the leading international sports television providers, and now he is taking those talents to IMG.”

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Courtesy: Stella Pictures

Deadline reports that IMG called on a new voice to lead their production business. Former Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis is IMG’s new vice president, head of global production, after spending two decades at Sky Sports.

Francis helped turn Sky Sports into one of the leading international sports television providers, and now he is taking those talents to IMG. Adam Kelly, IMG Co-President of Media & Events, said that Francis is a “transformative hire” with “undeniable pedigree, drive and resolve.”

“As a key member of my leadership team, he will play a catalytic role in our strategic growth and development plans as we evolve our model to better empower rights holders to develop and deliver innovative, multiplatform content that engages fans directly,” Kelly added.

Francis was a driving force for Sky Sports’ growth from 5 to 11 channels. All while helping broker deals with properties like the NBA, Formula 1, The Open Championship, the Masters, and expanded coverage of the Premier League.

“As consumption habits continue to change,” Francis said. “The offering we’ll debut will help teams, leagues, and federations reach new and existing fans in creative and compelling ways. IMG is the industry standard for sports production, and I’m really excited to join such an exceptional team.”

Francis is working tightly with IMG’s production business chairman, Graham Fry. The latter is retiring at the end of next year. The Sky Sports veteran was the network’s executive producer on cricket and soccer. Francis had his fingerprints on a litany of innovations while at Sky Sports.

The company added new developments in 3D, Ultra HD, virtual reality, and celebrated the continued growth of Sky Sports’ digital, social and online presence. Francis will have time to enjoy some of the fall leaves before starting his new role at IMG in early November.

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Media Reacts To Nets Not Letting Kyrie Irving Play Or Practice

“General manager Sean Marks released a statement Tuesday morning confirming that Irving will not be earning a part-time paycheck in 2021.”

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Courtesy: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons reported to training camp this week, leaving one remaining NBA All-Star yet to join their squad for the 2021-22 NBA season. Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving has been adamant against receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, and the Nets are adamant about keeping him away from the team until he does so.

General manager Sean Marks released a statement Tuesday morning confirming that Irving will not be earning a part-time paycheck in 2021. Citing chemistry concerns on their path to an NBA Title, Marks noted it would be too difficult to only accommodate Irving on road trips.

“Given the evolving nature of the situation and after thorough deliberation,” Marks said. “We have decided Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant.

“Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we respect his individual right to choose. Currently, the choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability.”

This absence is an unprecedented situation in NBA history. A consensus title favorite is without one of its best players because of a personal choice. The Nets sport arguably the best NBA duo for 2021-22 in Kevin Durant and James Harden, but are no longer the lock to lift the Larry O’Brien Trophy many thought them to be.

All of the news caused quite a stir in the sports media community, from jokes to serious commentary on the whole situation.

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Bomani Jones: Jeff Bezos Wanting NFL Team Could Determine How Washington Post Covers Gruden Story

“Towards the end of the conversation, Le Batard and Jones discussed who might try to get deeper into this story that saw a few emails surface from a database of 650,000.”

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Courtesy: The Dan Le Batard show with Stugotz

The sports media world reacted to former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden’s resignation left and right on Tuesday. ESPN’s Bomani Jones made an appearance on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz to discuss the fallout from the scandal and also gave some details into his new venture with HBO.

Gruden resigned on Monday night after The New York Times published a story containing racist, misogynistic, and homophobic emails sent by the football coach over seven years. Jones and the crew went in-depth on the entire story. 

Towards the end of the conversation, Le Batard and Jones discussed who might try to investigate deeper into this scandal that saw a few emails surface from a database of 650,000.

“Investigative journalism is a place where the budgets have been slashed,” Bomani Jones said on the show. “So the question then becomes — because it really needs to come from the outside — ‘well, is there a journalistic entity that was going to get to the bottom of this?’ And if there is one that will do it. 

“One that is enthused to do it, and one that I believe would invest resources that they may not otherwise have invested, it would be the newspaper owned by a billionaire who we hear, maybe just maybe, would like to buy an NFL team.”

The billionaire Jones is referring to is Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post.

“If I were running The Washington Post,” Jones declared. “We are on it, on it, on it, and I would be shook if I had any association with that franchise after that.”

Jones wasn’t at liberty to discuss exact details surrounding Game Theory with Bomani Jones, his new HBO show, but he did give some broad themes that the show wants to hit on.

“I actually have no idea what we are allowed to talk about,” Jone responded honestly. “we haven’t had that meeting yet. I will tell you though that if you think in the vein of like Daily Show, John Oliver-type of stuff but in the direction of sports.”

The show debuts on HBO next year. Watch the full appearance above.

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