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Do most "scoops" come with any helps from the PR staff though? Having been on both ends of the equation, local and national, I'll happily acknowledge that PR staffs sometimes bend over backward for you if you're writing for a big outlet, and will treat you with something bordering on annoyance if you're one of the daily beat guys. But again, those are mostly requests for sit downs so I could do a takeout. I doubt any PR guy is going to say "Hey, who wants to break this 'Cam Newton got paid!' " story. Those are the result of work, contacts, talent and hustle. Passan's scoop about the Red Sox team meeting, which is what kicked off this discussion, certainly wasn't approved/leaked by the Sox PR department.
Do scoops even matter any more though? Someone's scoop is copy-and-pasted and reported by a hundred outlets seconds later anyway.
Keep in mind too that if you're working at Yahoo or ESPN or SI, you also have a big network of other writers you're connected with. Not only do you have the time (and typically experience) to pursue something, but you can bounce ideas off other national writers who might say "You should call my guy at [blank]. He might have heard something about this."
David Brauer tweeted, wondering if agents want a bigger splash for their clients on big stories so would be more likely to chat with national guys and leak info to them. Obviously that's just in the pros. Well, in theory.
Someone from the Shitsville Tribune could break a huge story, so huge that the entire coverage area sees it. Let's say 100,000 readers.ESPN then picks it up, throws it on teevee, and says "ESPN has learned..." for many, many more eyeballs to see. Those many more will now think the "national media" broke the story.Easy, peasy.
I remember when Nick Saban left LSU for the Dolphins in early 2005, Auburn's Tommy Tuberville — in the midst of a 13-0 season — was among those being mentioned for the LSU job. Every Auburn beat writer in the state (including our guy) had a story the next day with quotes from Tuberville denying he was interested. Auburn went to the Sugar Bowl that year, and (then) ESPN's Tony Barnhart interviewed him shortly after his arrival in New Orleans a day or so later. A few hours later, it comes across the crawl: "ESPN's Tony Barnhart reports Auburn's Tommy Tuberville not interested in LSU job."
I think a lot of it in the pro leagues has to do with agents and league officials and team executives being the ones with the knowledge. The daily beat reporters, for whatever reason, rarely tap into those sources properly.
Quote from: Versatile on January 29, 2013, 09:48:33 AMI think a lot of it in the pro leagues has to do with agents and league officials and team executives being the ones with the knowledge. The daily beat reporters, for whatever reason, rarely tap into those sources properly. You're acting like it's the local reporters' fault. But it isn't -- it's the way things are set up. The agents and league officials are only talking to people because they want something. The local beat reporters can't give them anything.
Versatile made this comment on the Boston media thread, and I thought it deserved its own thread. Feel free to reject the premise as part of the discussion, but I think he's onto something.Is it the ubiquity of ESPN that has brought us to this point?Is it excusable because of that?That being the case, what is the value of daily access?My own observation from my days on the beat - and this was college football - was that the national media was granted, in some ways, more access than us daily grunts. Pete Thamel could probably waltz right into the head coach's office, or get a one-on-one with the starting quarterback, while the day-in, day-out crew was really carefully restricted. I think that the SID and coaching staff innocently thought of it as crowd control - and fairness to everyone. I'm not sure that it dawned on them that they were putting us at a disadvantage. Or: Are national guys (and gals) simply better at their jobs than the local hacks, overall? And that's why they are, frankly, national guys (and gals).Peripheral to the main discussion: When did the national media begin to own sports scoops?
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