While sauntering down the red carpet at a recent Spike TV event, our good friend Jay Glazer fielded a question regarding his opinions as to this specific one-stop NFL news, information, and analysis portal.
Glazer likes it. We’ll let him tell you all about it, courtesy of MANjr.com.
Recently, Glazer has faced criticism regarding his efforts to provide MMA training to football players during the offseason. Our pal Brooks recently broke the situation down in expert fashion, pointing out that Glazer’s activities represent a variation on the dynamic of journalists co-authoring books with the sports figures they cover.
In both instances, the audience has the ability to factor the relationship between reporters and athlete when assessing the information disseminated by the journalist. Far more troubling are the potential conflicts of interest that go undisclosed, such as draftnik who is represented by the same agency as the rookie on whom the draftnik is heaping relentless praise.
The reality is that we all have actual or potential conflicts of interest. The question becomes whether we conduct our work with integrity — or whether we slant coverage in order to remain in the good graces of a source and/or a friend. Even then, plenty of reporters would argue that such periodic puff pieces play an important role in keeping the pump primed for other information.
Either way, Glazer is a good friend. So anything we say about him should be viewed through that lens. And we’re OK with that. If we thought he was a scoundrel or a guy who deserved to be criticized for living the dream, we wouldn’t regard him as a good friend.