Adam Schefter Teases Big NFL COVID News On Twitter For ESPN Viewership Bump, Gets Crushed

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Did Adam Schefter not learn anything when Jay Glazer — way back on April 15 in what feels like another decade — teased COVID news only to get destroyed on social media? Guess not, because here we are on September 20 and Schefter teased COVID news he was going to drop on Sunday NFL Countdown.

That’s right, using COVID news as a ratings play instead of just tweeting it out. And once again, the Internet is equally crushing Schefter for this act. Now Schefty is being called Jay Glazer Jr. Or Adam “6 o’clock news” Schefter.

It turns out it’s Al Riveron, NFL senior VP of officiating, who has tested positive for COVID. 

“Al Riveron, the NFL’s senior vice president of officiating, was not in the league office’s replay command center last Sunday for the Week 1 games because he was at home in Miami battling the coronavirus, league sources told ESPN,” Schefter wrote this morning.

Ahh, but here’s the kicker to Schefty’s big news.

“But Riveron said Saturday that he will return to the command center Sunday for Week 2 and is “feeling great.” To date, Riveron is the highest-profile NFL employee who has been forced to miss a game day because of COVID-19.”

Wait, so we were supposed to turn in to hear about the NFL’s “first notable in-season case of COVID” and it was an official who sits in an office building on Sundays? And now he’s back to sitting in that office building? Real good one, Schefty. What a scoop. Way to use COVID news in the scumiest way possible.

Adam and his producers must’ve been on their phones texting when Jay was crushed for this and never saw Jay learn his lesson. New rule: Let’s be more like Rap Sheet at NFL Network. Just get those COVID facts out there and, for the love of God, if you have some massive COVID NFL news at least make sure it’s someone who steps foot on an NFL field.

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. People know these tests don’t matter and i guess we will continue to hear about them until the end of time its hospital admissions and deaths that count and both of those are way down so low nobody even talks about them. And from Clay’s piece on the death numbers being 94% over reported per the CDC the real number is more like seasonal flu numbers not this phony 195000 they keep reporting to maintain the fear level really time to move on.

  2. Schefter sucks. He’s a weasly guy that got his “big break” after Chris Mortenson became ill. Couldn’t stand him on the Mort Report and still can’t stand him.

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