Several years ago, ESPN repeatedly came under major fire for not properly crediting stories broken elsewhere, from plagiarizing Pro Football Talk to not crediting the likes of Tim Brown, Luke Winn, SI and Draft Express, Bruce Feldman (after he worked for them), Jay Glazer, Brooks Melchior, Deron Williams’ Twitter account, and many more.

The Worldwide Leader largely appears to have turned over a new leaf here, and they mostly credit the likes of Glazer now, but there have still been some controversial moments, such as a Johnny Manziel fight story in 2014 and some of the times they’ve used “ESPN and media reports.” One of the biggest in recent memory happened Wednesday on the ESPNU Signing Day Special, the part of it which actually aired on ESPN, where host Matt Schick referenced a Bleacher Report commitment video about Jarez Parks as something from “another website out there that specializes in videos”:

Here’s the second part of that:

This isn’t acceptable attribution at all, and ESPN rightfully got lit up on Twitter for it:

There have been concerns raised about ESPN’s attribution (or lack thereof) to recruiting websites throughout signing day coverage, too:

Look, this isn’t 2012, and ESPN has become much better overall about correctly attributing and sourcing stories since then. However, this particular moment doesn’t look good for them at all. There’s no reason not to say “Bleacher Report” here; in fact, it takes much less time than the convoluted “another website out there that specializes in videos.” Hopefully this is just an isolated incident and not a return to the Dark Ages of sourcing, but it’s not something that reflects well on ESPN. They should be, and usually have been, better than this.

About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz is a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. He previously worked at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.

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