During AFL trade week, reporters and fans love to quote ‘anonymous sources’ to add to the speculation that a player might be on the verge of a blockbuster move.
Those sources are now biting back against being used in social media posts without due credit and they are coming forward to demand their dues.
“I’ve been serving coffees to Melbourne sports reporters for decades and sometimes these tidbits just come up in conversation,” said barista Marcus Henry.
“Talking to my customers is really important as I get to know their personalities and can make the right coffee for them. I don’t really follow sports so I don’t know what the big deal about having brunch with someone from a different team is. Sometimes I mention that I see a guy they write about and that’s a headline the next day.”
It is not just the food service industry where these tips come from, Uber drivers have come out in support of this full disclosure policy.
“Getting a 5-star rating is critical, so sometimes I mention that I dropped a player at the airport so he could fly to an important meeting. I just would like a bit of recognition for my reconnaissance, do you have any idea what it would do for my profile?” from Darius Doyle.
Whether or not the reporters buy into this idea of moving on from anonymous sources and naming where they get their stories from presents a potentially seismic change to the way player transactions are reported.