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Aramark’s Public Relations Strategy is to Ignore All Emails and Phone Calls

Kevin Kinkead - March 30, 2020

It’s not our place to tell private sector businesses how to operate during a crisis. We’re in a shit situation here, and if companies need to lay off workers or cut costs or implement furloughs, then so be it. That’s their prerogative.

The thing with Aramark, which employs food service workers down at The Wells Fargo Center and other Philadelphia arenas, is that they haven’t returned any emails or phone calls since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Compare that to Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment and Comcast-Spectacor, who not only have responded to media inquiries but agreed to pay the folks who work Sixers, Flyers, and Wings games in South Philly. The decision to help those hourly workers during a difficult time was met with wide praise from the local sports community.

For the time being, ticket takers, ushers, security guards, and part-time game night Sixers staffers will receive money while the arena is shut down, but the folks who deliver food to your seat or make the concourse cheesesteaks are shit out of luck. That resulted last week in Unite Here Local 274, the union representing those workers, sharing a letter from city council addressed to executives with the Sixers, Eagles, Flyers, and Phillies, asking them if they can “work cooperatively” with Aramark to help these people out.

I’ve tried emailing and calling Aramark over the course of 14 days now and haven’t heard anything back. The extent of their Coronavirus PR strategy appears to be a couple of website links, one that brings you to a resource page for associates with a blurb reading this way:

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In Search of Hard Evidence Proving that Alshon Jeffery is Josina Anderson’s Mystery Source

Kevin Kinkead - March 30, 2020

It’s generally believed that Alshon Jeffery is the mystery source feeding information to ESPN reporter Josina Anderson, sowing unrest in the Eagles’ locker room via anonymous snitching.

This narrative has become generally accepted over the last year or so, a topic that comes up whenever Anderson or Jeffery’s name is mentioned, as if one is inextricably linked to the other in 2020.

Thing is – do we really have any hard evidence connecting the two?

We don’t, actually.

This is basically a smoke and fire situation, with a lot of circumstantial evidence, but nothing concrete. The only on-record report accusing Alshon Jeffery of being the rat took place last October, when Howard Eskin went on the 94 WIP morning show and told Angelo Cataldi straight-up that Jeffery was Anderson’s source.

You know what happened after that. Anderson came out and denied the report, saying that Eskin had “no knowledge” of who her source was. Jeff McLane then asked Doug Pederson, later that day, if Eskin was leaking information on behalf of the team. Those two reportedly exchanged words after the press conference, then Mike Missanelli jumped into the fray, calling Howard a water boy and accusing him of buying his own Super Bowl ring.

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Roger Goodell Will Not Reschedule NFL Draft, Which He Says Serves a “Very Positive Purpose”

Kevin Kinkead - March 27, 2020

Earlier this week, Dianna Russini and Adam Schefter reported that the NFL’s general manager subcommittee suggested to Roger Goodell that he move back April’s draft due to COVID-19.

Goodell decided not to do that, forging on with the original plan to run an appropriately stripped-down version of the draft from 4/23 to 4/25. The league office then sent out this memo to teams, which was shared by Schefty:

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“There’s No Issue with Carson and Alshon,” Says Howie Roseman

Kevin Kinkead - March 27, 2020

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman is making the rounds.

Thursday, he did a 35 minute, 1v1 interview with Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro, which preceded a conference call with reporters. This morning, he spoke exclusively with broadcast rights holder 94 WIP on topics ranging from free agency to the draft and some other stuff in between.

One of the more interesting exchanges was this one:

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Howie Roseman Offers Curious Response to Question About Alshon Jeffery

Kevin Kinkead - March 26, 2020

The Eagles today posted a 35-minute interview with general manager Howie Roseman, orchestrated 1v1 by Dave Spadaro via a socially-distanced internet setup.

Howie answers a lot of questions about free agency and the current status of the roster, but the most intriguing passage came in response to a question about veteran receivers and how they factor into plans for 2020.

Clipped via EROCK:

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Are the Eagles Looking for a “Younger” Receiver to “Mesh” with Carson Wentz?

Kevin Kinkead - March 26, 2020

There’s a story at ESPN+ this morning from Jeremy Fowler titled “2020 NFL free-agency buzz on all 32 teams: Execs help us make sense of the frenzy.”

It’s a team-by-team story with nuggets about each squad that were compiled this way:

“we made some calls to execs around the league to get their insight on how things have gone through the first wave of free agency, then packed each section with tons of info to help pass the time. Let’s get right to it, in alphabetical order.”

Sounds good to me. I clicked.

Here’s what’s written about the Eagles:

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The Path to Kelly Green Seems to be Open

Kevin Kinkead - March 25, 2020

Are you one of the people hoping for a kelly green return?

You may be getting your wish, since the NFL is thinking about ditching the one-helmet rule beginning in 2021.

Here’s the relevant passage via Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk:

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Eagles Adding Cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman

Kevin Kinkead - March 25, 2020

Of course Josina had it first, which makes me wanna barf everywhere:

Seriously though, the Eagles PR staff needs to start leaking these stories, just to prevent Josina from getting the scoop. Pick anybody – Jimmy Kempski, Dave Zangaro, even Liam over there in England, and give them this information in order to shut down Josina.

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