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ESPN, NFL Network ‘wise’ in decisions to delay reporting Seau’s death

A post on SportsMediaWatch.com highlights how ESPN and NFL Network delayed mention of reports that former NFL star Junior Seau had died Wednesday.

According to Sports Media Watch, “ESPN waited until the very last minute of the 2 PM ET hour of SportsCenter to report that there has been a shooting at Seau’s home. The network credited The Associated Press.

ESPN also acknowledged ‘unconfirmed reports’ that Seau had died…

Obviously, considering the recent debacle in which CBSSports.com falsely reported the death of Joe Paterno, ESPN has made a very wise decision to wait until the story was officially confirmed.

While some have argued that the media should be quick to report in the ‘Twitter’ age, such a mindset tends to lend itself to carelessness.

NFL Network also waited to report on the Seau story until after 3 PM ET.”

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