ESPN’s top NFL reporter Adam Schefter had no other options but to respond after getting roped into the growing controversy around the Washington Football Team’s emails. An email exchange between Schefter and former Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen was published by the Los Angeles Times that exposed him committing a cardinal sin in journalism.
Schefter sent Allen an entire draft of a story to be published, referred to him as “Mr. Editor,” and welcomed him to propose any changes:
“Please let me know if you see anything that should be added, changed, tweaked,” Schefter wrote to Allen. “Thanks, Mr. Editor, for that and the trust. Plan to file this to espn about 6 am.”
A day after the email was published, ESPN released a statement attributed to Schefter apologizing for what it described as “taking a step too far” in trying to verify the facts of the story.
Fast forward to today and now Schefter may be seeing his way out of ESPN, not because of the email controversy, but because his contract with the Worldwide Leader in Sports is up in 2022 and Caesaers Sportsbook “is preparing go after” him, according to Michael McCarthy and A.J. Perez of FrontOfficeSports.com.
“The competitive landscape is shifting under our feet as we speak,” warned another source. “The legacy networks want to cut or maintain talent salaries. The gambling companies are flush [with money] — and increasingly willing to spend for sports media talent.”
Don’t look for Schefter to address this report, but things could get real interesting come the summer of 2022.
Will ESPN drop a huge amount of money in order to get him to stay or will they let him walk???