Problem of tipping picks starts with NFL

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On Tuesday, the NFL asked its broadcast partners to tell their reporters to not disclose draft picks before draft picks are announced by the Commissioner.

Conceptually, I’ve got no problem with complying, because I had planned to comply even before there was a directive with which to comply.  The audience overwhelmingly doesn’t want to know the picks prematurely, and any media company that doesn’t give the audience what it wants won’t be a media company for very long.

Philosophically, I’ve got a little bit of a problem with the NFL foisting the responsibility for blocking the picks from becoming publicly known onto the companies that pay the NFL hundreds of millions and/or billions to televise games.  Reporters have been tipping picks because employees of the NFL and/or its teams have been blabbing.  If folks weren’t texting reporters from draft rooms (and they do) or giving reporters at the draft a head’s up on the information contained on the cards before the contents of the cards are read at the podium (and they do), there would be nothing for people who don’t work for the NFL and/or its teams to disclose.

So before telling employees of companies with which the NFL does business to put a sock in it, maybe the NFL should be telling its own employees and the employees of its teams to do the same thing.

While I’m still not inclined to tip picks because the audience doesn’t want the information, the devil on my left shoulder is reminding me that I don’t work for the NFL.  To see whether the angel on my right shoulder wins (for a change), tune in Thursday night.

36 responses to “Problem of tipping picks starts with NFL

  1. “I’ve got a little bit of a problem with the NFL foisting the responsibility for blocking the picks from becoming publicly known onto the companies that pay the NFL hundreds of millions and/or billions to televise games.”

    It works both ways, Brother.

  2. Florio, they tip the picks a few seconds before the commissioner announces them. All that accomplishes is it ruins the announcement for the fans.

  3. “any media company that doesn’t give the audience what it wants won’t be a media company for very long.”

    And yet ESPN still lives…

  4. In terms of priorities, this one is way down the list but a simple solution exists.

    Dock the team that leaks the information their next round’s pick and watch the impact. Just do it once and I will guarantee any team will never leak their pick ever again.

  5. “So before telling employees of companies with which the NFL does business to put a sock in it, maybe the NFL should be telling its own employees and the employees of its teams to do the same thing.”

    i’m certain that this was the first thing they did

  6. We live in a different era now with Twitter. While it’s nice to listen to the announcers talk the kid up and show footage of him hugging Momz and shaking hands with Roger Goodell, by the time they actually announce it on air we’ve known for 4 minutes via twitter.

    The story, the moment and the info about the player are nice, but most of us just want to know who got taken. They can try all they want to hush the info but it won’t happen. Maybe the ticker on the bottom of the screen just needs to say it right away.

  7. I always hated when the experts would tip picks just to make themselves look good. If they were truly experts then they would just do their final mock draft and let its merits speak for itself. Instead of talking about who may be drafted next, talk about the previous pick until the next pick is being announced. If they did it this way, you wouldn’t have to worry about tipping picks.

  8. It should be easier when the top picks aren’t present and we can’t see them taking the phone call. Oh wait, the cameras will be in their homes, won’t they?

  9. Just because somebody in the media hears the pick ahead of time doesnt mean the media has to blab it out publicly. I know the media loves being the first to announce this perceived “juicy information”, but the NFL is simply asking to try to refrain from doing so for the sake of keeping the “official” announcement relevant.

    And how do you know the NFL hasn’t already asked its employees to not leak information? They likely did, and are just asking media to cooperate as a secondary guard against spreading it.

  10. How long does it take to print the name of the player on the team jersey? During that time, there is ample opportunity for the pick to leak out. My guess is that the leaks are coming from that process…

  11. This whole thing started with the one draft (2013?) when ESPN/NFLN showed every pick with the phone glued to his ear one minute before the Goodell strut for each pick. Both networks playing cameraman whack-a-mole so as not to lose out on the ‘scoop’.

    It’s not about leaks, it’s about the show.

  12. As mentioned above, in order for no one aside from the team making the pick and the commissioner knowing the pick before it is read at the podium, the player would also have to not be told.

    You don’t need a verbal leak. Simply seeing Alex Smith smiling and a celebrating while Aaron Rogers sits quietly would tell you who was and was not the next pick.

  13. I generally take a leak minutes before the current pick to avoid hearing leaks about the current pick

  14. Then NFL Network shouldn’t be 6 picks behind ‘real time’ on a so-called “Live” show. I understand their analysts want to have the information on each pick at their fingertips, seemingly immediately, but it’s too big of a gap.

    ESPN had them beat, and it had nothing to do with Twitter.

  15. And here I thought the NFL provided information to its broadcast partners in advance, so that they could gather information and video of the upcoming pick, so they wouldn’t be caught off guard when the pick is announced. Having that information in advance was not intended for you to disclose early, but to be prepared and look professional.

  16. It seems to me that the people who don’t want to hear the picks ahead of time could just watch on TV and avoid other sources of information. There are some people who want to know right away, so why shouldn’t they be allowed to get that information when it’s available?

  17. Who cares about the Draft and the NFL in general?

    Just kidding, I want to set a personal record for Thumbs Downs. Is it Thursday Night yet!!!!!

  18. The solution is the NFL getting their ass to the podium quicker. Why the long delay announcing it when the pick has been in for several minutes?

  19. Hypocrites Plain & Simple! For those who do not want the picks tipped just stay off Twitter and watch the show. For those who do want their news from Twitter let there be tweets. The real problem here is the censorship of the news media by the NFL. The blame however is on reporters who lose any claim to professionalism when they buckle under. The NFL expects professionalism from its players but does not allow it to the media which in large part they have bought and paid for. Shame on them and you.

  20. I was watching the 30 for 30 on the 1983 draft and the guy from the team with the pick handed the slip of paper directly to the commissioner, who then announced the pick. No cameras on guys in the green room, no two-minute delay between the time the pick is in and the commissioner finally walks out to the podium. I kind of liked it better that way.

  21. Florio, I applaud your decision. However I don’t trust certain other media types who are always grandstanding for attention and credit (Chris Mortenson, Jay Glazer, and Adam Schefter being the worst, but there are others).

  22. Heres a way to make draft better:

    Have each pick throw a tomato at Goodells face before Goodell gets to suspend the player and fine the player non-stop throughout his career

  23. I think that if the partners and or media wanted the extra access that would allow them the information to use correctly, then they should follow the rules.

    To say that the onus shouldn’t be on the people that receive the information is not the way to go, it means that they shouldn’t be given the information if they can’t handle following the rules of divulging it.

  24. I know you so called “analysts” like to make the impression that you’re always in the know and usually always know what’s on any given teams mind at any given time, the fact of the matter is your not! And there’s really only one thing that any of you so called “analysts” need to remember going into tomorrow nights festivities. If the pick IS leaked to you prior to the announcement, from whatever the source, you simply need to keep your mouth shut until Goodell announces it! Now that not really a hard concept to grasp. Just keep your mouth shut! the fans have spoken..they don’t want to know! Its the shameless self promotion from you so called “analysts” that causing this issue! Just keep the cake holes closed!

  25. Typical of the NFL to approach this issue like they seem to approach all others – in a state of bewilderment and confusion and entitlement, expecting others to do their work for them because they’re too lax/dumb/stupid/unoganized/ignorant, to do it themselves. The fact is that they really have no well thought out, legal, moral, workable protocols in place for things like this.

    And while I realize this “premature enunciation” of draft picks is an issue, it pales in comparison to many others. For instance (and this is a question that, to my knowledge, no reporter has ever asked even though they all should be asking it every day), What protocols does the NFL have in place for when the first player dies on field during a telecast game? Are they prepared? Whose department handles this issue? What are their plans, if any, for dealing with the on-field death of a player? Etc.?

  26. What in the world is the value of knowing the pick a few minutes earlier than someone else? Do you win a car? I guess someone gets to play the big shot because they read it on Twitter, but really who cares? I will watch on Tv and just stay off the net to avoid the “hey everyone, I knew before you” types.

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