Rotoworld Offers Up Another False Brady Contract Report

Ian Logue
June 4, 2010 at 9:03 am ET

I don’t know what it is about national news outlets reporting opinion as fact recently, but it’s starting to get irritating.

The popular Fantasy football news site “Rotoworld.com”, cited a suggestion Jason LaCanfora made on the NFL network regarding Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s contract situation as an actual report – stating the following:

According to NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora, Tom Brady won’t sign a long-term contract with the Pats until Peyton Manning gets a new deal with the Colts.

The above quote says that Brady is refusing to sign a long term deal until he sees the contract Manning gets from Indianapolis.

Here’s the actual link to the video they’re citing:

Updates on Brady’s Contract, Lynch’s Unhappiness – NFL.com

As you’ll find there is absolutely nothing new to hear about, other than the fact LaCanfora says he feels that Manning’s contract will likely “set the bar”, and that he simply wonders whether or not Brady will accept a ‘team friendly’ deal this time around.

All things we already knew.

The problem with this situation is that it’s similar to the report that Michael Silver from Yahoo Sports posted a couple of days ago – which started this whole mess.  With the reach Rotoworld has, creating that report sparks off dozens of blogs to report it as fact, and the next thing you know it gets picked up by news sites, and then it just gets out of control.  

Rotoworld also has a ‘widget’ that displays their headlines on 1000’s of websites, so the odds are pretty good you’ll see it appear quite a few more times over the next few days.

It would be nice if there was some form of responsible journalism among some of these sites – but apparently page views carry more weight than getting the information accurate.

As for me, there’s a growing disconnect in my desire to read any more non-factual Brady contract reports.


  • MGM

    Stop being a armchair quarterback, and try to do some original reporting yourself. You are by no means an expert. Nor do you provide any original reporting or fresh angles on a spin.

    So, it’s purely a case of sour grapes. It’s obvious you’d jump ship to Rotoworld if they offered you a job. So stop being a whiney punk ass.

    As for “responsible journalism,” do you even know what that means? Try getting out there and getting an original news report — like trying to find out what’s up with Brady’s contract. Then talk.

    Think it’s time your hollow blog entries are bought to justice on Patsfans.com boards…

  • Ian

    I think I stated my feeling regarding the headline that ran pretty clearly. The headline from Rotoworld was misleading and didn’t hold true to the actual report.

    The report stated the following: “According to NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora, Tom Brady won’t sign a long-term contract with the Pats until Peyton Manning gets a new deal with the Colts.”

    And that’s not what he said – so the report is inaccurate.

    As a result there are many who will read the report posted on the site and misinterpret it incorrectly – which is exactly what happened in our forum. Needless to say it’s not exactly like I’m incorrect in how fans can did interpret it.

    So it’s not a case of sour grapes. Since this is a blog – this entry is different from an actual article and is an area where I think it’s fair to state an opinion. If you’re from Rotoworld and you’re not happy with what I wrote, I guess I can’t help you there. However, considering that their audience is fairly large (again – their widget is everywhere) I think they need to do a better job of checking the headlines before they’re posted there to prevent similar occurrences.

    Regarding your final statement, if you feel the need to take me to task and bring any of these entries ‘to justice on the PatsFans.com boards’ – each one of these entries triggers a post, which appears on the forum. Since registration is free you can feel free to register and post a reply to any post in question and state your side of the argument.

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