Well, ESPN's Dave Telep had quite a scoop earlier today. A video by Telep was posted to ESPN about an hour ago that reported big time basketball recruit and point guard Demetrius Jackson was heading to Notre Dame. The video was titled "Telep: Jackson's Impact on Notre Dame." For folks following this story, this was big news! One of the top recruits in the country made his decision. It was also a little confusing why ESPN broke the news since they were going to broadcast his announcement—exclusively—at 5 p.m. on ESPNU.
ESPN apparently scooped itself with a video: Top 30 guard Demetrius Jackson has committed/will commit to #NotreDame.— Brian Hamilton (@ChiTribHamilton) September 27, 2012
Not sure why they'd blow their own story but espn now reporting that demetrius jackson chooses notre dame! Jackson on live on wndu at 530— Angelo Di Carlo (@angdicarlowndu) September 27, 2012
So why'd ESPN pull it? It couldn't be because Jackson's staged ESPNU announcement was more important than the news story it had already posted? No, it couldn't be. Never.
Looks like ESPN had the Telep video in the can and someone let it go live a little early. Always a little tricky when ESPN places an embargo on its own newsroom. And so goes the tension between ESPN as a lucrative entertainment company and the ESPN as journalistic operation. Newsroom? Not going to win that fight.
UPDATE (5:55 p.m.): Well, Jackson has made his announcement, and Telep's video has magically reappeared. Apparently it was posted a few minutes before ESPNU went live at 5 p.m. In any event, what happened here? An ESPN spokesman said, "We posted the video this morning after Dave confirmed the news. It was mistakenly taken down for a short period of time and reposted before the ESPNU show began." That short period being nearly two hours, and then reposted a few minutes before the show began.
In any event, what about putting it up in the first place? Looks like that wasn't supposed to happen, either.
Telep taped video in advance of possible commitment from Jackson after his official visit. Was not supposed to see air until later tonight.— Thomas R. Noie (@tnoieNDInsider) September 27, 2012
Telep crushed by reaction of leak...never wanted to be first with announcement. Wanted Jackson to reveal choice on ESPNU at 5:30.— Thomas R. Noie (@tnoieNDInsider) September 27, 2012