Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I can't even begin to imagine the tricks that Sports reporters have to pull of to get some of the exclusive stories that they get, but you can't say they don't work hard. Yes even Chris Mortensen.
Well word is now out that Jay Glazer may have used of all things his UFC/MMA connections to get his hands on the the Brett Favre Retirement story before anyone else. Via Richard Deitsch of SI....
A couple of months ago, knowing Ultimate Fighting champion Randy Couture was one of Brett Favre's sporting favorites, Fox's Jay Glazer helped arrange a meeting in Green Bay between the UFC heavyweight champion and the Packers quarterback. The reporter and QB have long been tight.Here's the original story from Glazer and it's amazing to think that connections in MMA could have helped Glazer land the biggest NFL story in the past 10+ years. Oh and to get Chris Mortensen to mention your name on air too is a pretty impressive feat. I said it before and I'll say it again...Jay Glazer is the hardest working man in Sports and I hope he keeps this up next year.
When I spoke with Glazer in December, he told me the story he wanted most was Favre's retirement. He got it. Give ESPN's Chris Mortensen credit for saying Glazer got it first, even though Favre's voicemail to Mortensen pushed the story to another level...
Media Circus (SI.com)
Couture has inspiring message for Pack (Fox Sports)
(Yes, that's Glazer in the photo above from a fight in 2003)