ESPN seems to be utilizing its enterprise relationship with Alex Rodriguez to get an unfair benefit over its rivals in sports activities journalism.
On Saturday, sports activities web site the Athletic was handed the news that A-Rod had purchased Minnesota NBA staff the Timberwolves, in partnership with e-commerce mogul Marc Lore.
In the meantime, ESPN’s star NBA author Adrian Wojnarowski didn’t get his story in regards to the $1.5 billion deal posted till round 20 minutes later.
Apparently this didn’t go over nicely with A-Rod’s bosses at ESPN, who write him a hefty test every week to be a commentator on “Sunday Night time Baseball.”
And apparently A-Rod received an earful about it when he confirmed up for work — so his staff swiftly went to work to try to appease the community.
In a textual content seen by Web page Six, one of many former slugger’s high lieutenants wrote to fellow execs on Monday, “Hello guys — we must always save one thing for ESPN [instead of giving it to the] Athletic. ESPN talked about to AR at [“Sunday Night Baseball”] they need Woj had the story — clearly not our name however subsequent spherical it must be.”
You’d suppose a sports activities firm would favor a stage enjoying area.
A rep for A-Rod didn’t remark, and ESPN didn’t get again to us.