"They just started stealing scoops. It was a practice I never agreed with. ... I felt horrible."
-Former SportsCenter anchor Josh Elliott, Blogs With Balls 2011
ESPN has fallen under heavy, heavy fire for their favored use of mysterious "sources" and accusations that the network blatantly steals and reworks scoops and reports from other networks without giving credit. The above quote from Josh Elliott at last year's Blogs With Balls confirmed this growing sense that ESPN, the WorldWide Leader in sports, wasn't above something as low and contemptible as stealing the work of others and promoting it as their own. Others in the media have openly mocked ESPN for their perceived using of others' material as a "source" or "sources." This phenomenon may be the single most embarrassing and rightfully criticized characteristic of modern day ESPN. Yes, even more than Skip Bayless. Why ESPN feels the need to sourcify everything is beyond me, it's not like anyone would think any less of ESPN were they to credit Yahoo or CBS or others. But, it's a practice that doesn't look like stopping anytime soon.
One of those individuals at ESPN that falls under the most criticism for his liberal use of sources is NBA reporter Chris Broussard. Broussard and his sources, whoever they are, were put under the spotlight last night with his reporting on a couple major NBA free agency moves. The circumstantial evidence didn't look good for Broussard, or ESPN.