Athens, GA (Nov 17, 2008) - As reported a little while ago, Fox Sports issued a statement that they are withdrawing from the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) rights negotiations for 2010-2014. While there were no quotes in the statement released by Fox Sports. Wall Street Journal reporter Matthew Futterman decided to attribute the statement as a quote from Fox Sports' Lou D'Ermilio.
How one attribute a quote from a statement that was released as follows is a head scratcher:
Urgent: FOX Sports Statement on BCS Rights NegotiationsIf a non-mainstream media blogger had incorrectly attributed a quote like this, it would be held up as a shining example of why bloggers are not journalists. So what do you call it when a journalist does it?
FOX Sports has elected not to match an offer the BCS Group has received from ESPN to televise BCS games from 2011-2014, and plans to notify the organization by phone today.
Even with today’s vast economic uncertainties, FOX Sports made a very competitive bid to keep broadcasting BCS games free to every home in America, one that included a substantial rights fee increase, and certainly as much as any over-the-air network could responsibly risk. Unfortunately, the University presidents and BCS commissioners were not satisfied and they’ve decided to take their jewel events to pay television. We wish everyone well.
Lou D’Ermilio – 212/XXX-XXXX
Dan Bell – 310/XXX-XXXX