On Tuesday night, Jay Glazer went on Fox Sports Radio and announced that the country should be prepared for a big story he was breaking the next day.

With very little else happening, sports-wise, people latched onto that and immediately began speculating as to what it could be. Glazer seemed a bit surprised by that when he tweeted about it on Wednesday:

It was kind of weird, though, for a newsbreaking reporter to not just break the news when he had it. Then, 24 hours later, we got the report:

Glazer pivoted from there into an interview with Rams coach Sean McVay, too:

While that is certainly newsworthy, on its own, the weird 24-hour hype machine Glazer kicked off was never going to be satisfied easily. And considering the news itself, some people found it outright distasteful.

Glazer probably didn’t expect the tease to blow up like it did, although that’s a pretty big misread of how desperate a lot of people are for anything sports-related. And he absolutely didn’t try to temper any expectations, either.

That’s not to downplay the significance of the story!

It’s fascinating that it took this long to learn of an NFL player testing positive, relative to the NBA players who were in-season and therefore in close quarters and coming into contact with many more people in arenas daily, which probably demonstrates the value of social distancing. Other NFL players have almost certainly had Covid-19, of course, but a positive test is a big deal, as is the fact that Allen has recovered.

Had Glazer just tweeted out the news he had on Tuesday night, it would have been a big deal then and it wouldn’t have come with the weird 24-hour setup. He could have used it to promote the interview with McVay, too, which would still have provided some Fox synergy. Of course if Fox Sports had a real website, maybe Glazer just breaks the news traditionally there, and doesn’t have to wait 24 hours to reveal it on a separate Fox property and leaving himself exposed to criticism.

About Jay Rigdon

Jay is a writer and editor for The Comeback, and a contributor at Awful Announcing. He is not a strong swimmer.