Originally posted on Awful Announcing  |  Last updated 11/14/12
Early this morning, Jay Glazer (not Rick Reilly) broke the news that Ben Roethlisberger would sit out this week's game against the Baltimore Ravens thanks to a shoulder injury suffered Monday night. Ben Roethlisberger is out this week and Byron Leftwich will get the start. Steelers are not taking any chances w Ben, deciding to sit him — Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) November 14, 2012 On SportsCenter, the Roethlisberger report got the "sources" treatment from ESPN, which caused Glazer to fire this cannon across the bow: Hey @sportscenter just to clear up confusion, my last name is not spelled S-O-U-R-C-E. Unless my mom got it wrong all these years — Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) November 14, 2012 The weird thing in all this is that ESPN.com's online report clearly references that Fox Sports had the report first and a team source confirmed the report to ESPN: "Byron Leftwich will start for the Pittsburgh Steelers at quarterback against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night as Ben Roethlisberger will sit the game out due to a sprained shoulder, a team source confirmed to ESPN. Fox Sports had earlier reported the Steelers had made the decision to sit Roethlisberger this week."  Maybe with the condensed television format, SportsCenter just convieniently forgot to include that second sentence.  Or, maybe ESPN thinks they can play it both ways by crediting Glazer online instead of on television.  That way they do credit Fox, just not on their most important medium.  Glazer nor Fox's name was mentioned during the segment I saw covering the Roethlisberger injury with Kevin Negandhi interviewing Adam Schefter. Regardless, we've reached a critical mass with ESPN's reporting.  Because of the past history involved, the default reaction in a situation like this is that ESPN is stealing scoops.

This article first appeared on Awful Announcing and was syndicated with permission.

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