Up until 11:45 last night his source could have been Chiarelli himself and he would have been right as far as most people knew. It's not his fault Calgary changed their minds at the last moment. These are sports rumours. Some will be right, others wont be. The only person who should lose their job here is the nitwit at nhl.com who posted the Boston story on the league's official site before it was confirmed. What sort of league posts rumours backed up by sports pundits as content?
Everyone was duped, not just Ward. But this is the part I find to be odd. Chia said today he was told at 11:45 that Boston was out. If I have the timeline correct in my head Ward didn't make the infamous "done" tweet until after midnight. The Feaster press conference wasn't until after 1AM. For as many sources as the TSN guys have it's crazy how none of them were informed that Boston was out for over an hour.
and block anyone on twitter that has some fun with it
He really hated the Tribunes Dewey wins reference
Aaron Ward is going to get ridden hard for awhile by some reporters over this
I don't know if they'll be all over him because it could have easily happened to any of them. If a GM tells you a deal is done, which is likely what happened, and he turns out to be wrong, how do u trust another GM?
Ward could have been reprimanded by TSN, but not because of the inaccurate report. He had retweeted a fan that sent him a profanity laced message telling him to go kill himself (He deleted it after an hour or 2). I'm sure TSN really didn't like him doing that. He still hasn't posted anything since.
What if both GMs confirm the trade but the league blocks it for whatever reason?
What if the deal is made but the player fails his physical and the trade is therefore cancelled?
At which point can journalists safely announce trades?
What if a coach says he'll play his #1 goalie but ends up playing his backup, would any journalist that wrote that the #1 would play be considered of having zero standards?
This is real life, **** happens... Not everything will be 100%.
You announce the trade as final after it happens... Beforehand you say there's a deal in principle that is expected to be finalized. It needs final approval from the player first.
Really not hard to grasp this. You get the story right. Reporting accuracy is more important than speed. If you rush to be first and you don't know what you're talking about the next time you're first people are going to doubt you. Dumb move on his part.
Originally Posted by NightBlazer
I called it immediately in that thread. I said 'Aaron Ward is an amateur, and I don't believe this is confirmed for a second'.
You could see the doubt written all over him as he said "it's okay to report it". The guy was on the hot seat with the panel looking at him, and he clearly panicked. He said it was okay, but the look on his face said 'it's probably not okay to report this'. I think people should have seen that and not latched on to his confirmation so strongly.
It's everyone's own fault for believing a guy that doesn't have the credibility of a Bob McKenzie or a Renaud Lavoie.
Mckenzie did it right. He said the deal is all but done but it still needs to be finalized. It's not firm yet.
Ward wanted the scoop and gambled and lost. That's the difference between the amateurs and the pros.
Originally Posted by bravehab
"What people don't understand is that there is no such thing as absolute "facts"
that is true of most people and quite annoying
Yes there is such a thing as 'facts'. The fact of the matter here is that Ward confirmed a trade that wasn't finalized. And he's lost a lot of credibilty with the viewers out there. Hopefully he learned a lesson there and he follows Bob Mackenzie's example. The deal isn't done until it's done.