Once again, I realize that, typically, the only people who care about the media … are members of media. But with collective bargaining agreement negotiations behind closed doors, the peeps who can break stories at times like those are invaluable.
With the process now over with, here are our final rankings from the 136 days of hell:
1. Albert Breer, NFL Network — Mr. Reliable spent around 725 hours on sidewalks, giving fans the latest on meetings and negotiation sessions every step of the way. He’s getting some major props for his work.
2. Adam Schefter, ESPN – He was quiet early in the process but rose to the occasion late. He was the go-to breaking news guy on Twitter during the final weekend of discussions.
3. Liz Mullen, Sports Business Journal — She actually knows and understands the issues and provided a lot of context via Twitter.
4. Mark Maske, Washington Post — Sometimes it felt like he was in the room. No one seemed to have more details than Maske.
5. Jim Trotter, Sports Illustrated — Trotter was hit and miss, but he clearly had some stellar sources on the players side.
6. Michael Silver, Yahoo! Sports — He didn’t deny having a pro-player bias, but sometimes his articles came across as PR pieces. It was a little much.
8. Chris Mortensen, ESPN – Mort had a lot of big info related to the players’ vote and the desired opt-out clause later on.
9. Judy Battista, New York Times — Never had any major news but was often one of the first reporters to get the details out there.
10. Dan Kaplan, Sports Business Journal — Another important Twitter presence with tremendous sources.