Darren Rovell made a fool by a bored 18 year old

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  1. Gunners

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    How A Teenager With A Fake Escort Service Duped Darren Rovell And CNBC

    An 18-year-old high school senior named Tim was bored one day last November when CNBC's sports biz guy, Darren Rovell, sent out the following tweet:

    @darrenrovell

    If you are losing a paycheck/business because of the NBA, I want to tell your story. Email me at [email protected].​
    The NBA lockout was still on, and Rovell was looking for a new angle. Tim decided to have a little fun with him. He created a fake email account with the name "Henry James" and the handle [email protected]. He sent a note to Rovell's Gmail:

    I run an escort service in New york, mostly for away teams players after games but I get some knicks and nets players also. They are the high rollers and im not getting the constant business that I need to stay running .​
    [​IMG]Rovell was into it, according to their email exchange, which Tim has kindly sent to us. Rovell replied:

    Henry,​
    I can keep you quiet but can you at least give me financial details — how much do players pay typically? what do they get?​
    Tim/Henry:

    Ya I appreciate you keeping me quiet. Some girls are few hundred dollars an hour, some can be a few thousand dollars per hour, they get anything and everything, especially the younger guys. They mostly have their people contact me to arrange it so I rarely deal directly with players.​

    Rovell:

    what percentage of your business is nba then? and how much money would say you're losing? what cut do you then get?​

    Tim/Henry:

    Well its a high profile operation so I get a lot of athletes depending on the season but between entertainers, athletes and just wealthy people 30 percent roughly is NBA related during NBA season. This far into the season ive probably lost 25,000 dollars maybe more, its hard to tell because were working with lower profile clients in replacement for less money. I take anywhere from 65 to 80 % of the cut depending on how long the woman has been working for me.​

    Rovell:

    this is so fascinating to me. so it's either players or people who come into town to see games that the business is coming from. is there virtually no replacement or you are so tapped into the nba players and their managers that it's harder to get other business because you've done it for so long?​

    one more thing, typically what is the cheapest woman and what is the most expensive woman? i assume it's by the hour and what is the typical # of hours?​

    Tim/Henry:

    There are replacements but they aren't as consistent and not nearly as high paying. Cheapest girl is around 350 or 400 an hour most expensive is 4,000, anywhere from 2 to 6 hours usually​

    Are you doing a report on this?​

    He was indeed. The 18-year-old's gag made its way into Rovell's CNBC.com report a few days later:

    A 30 percent decline seems to be the magic number, even for Henry, who runs an escort service in New York that he says charges between $400 and $4,000 an hour, depending on the woman.​
    Henry says he takes between 65 and 80 percent of the total cut to match the players and other high-profile fans, who are with the client an average of four hours.​
    "There are replacements but they aren't as consistent and not nearly as high paying," Henry said.​

    Where did Tim come up with these prices? "I came up with that completely off the top of my head," he tells me in an email. "I didn't even Google it." The 30 percent figure, he adds, was "made up and it turned out to be the magic number!"

    Rovell used the escort story as Twitter bait:

    @darrenrovell

    The real stories of the NBA Lockout including NY escort service whose biz is down 30% bit.ly/sYC8nh
    The story took off. Business Insider picked up the escort angle and turned it into a post of its own. So did Yahoo, Slam, Pro Basketball Talk, and many others. (Somehow, we missed this one.)
    On Monday, Tim sent us an email, explaining what he'd done. Why had he waited all these months? He says he had forgotten about it, until a friend had texted him out of the blue and told him to send it to us. And what did his friend say?
    "He said he's just such a douche on twitter all the time he just got fed up," Tim says in an email, "which I agree with."
    We asked Rovell for comment. We'll let you know if we hear anything.
     
  2. War Grundle

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    Always thought Rovell was black.
     
  3. DaveGrohl

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  5. laxjoe

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    the title of the story really provides solid cliffs
     
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  6. Snakes

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    haha awesome i fucking hate Darren Rovell. Saps the fun out of sports one tweet at a time.
     
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  7. laxjoe

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    the average NBA player made $3893.23 in the time it took to quote this message
     
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    My favorite was when a parody twitter tweeted something like "1/4 of all funeral homes are operated by the same funeral home company"- Darren rovell at your moms funeral.' Rovell got a little upset about it
     
  10. jwpearl

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    cliffs

    How A Teenager With A Fake Escort Service Duped Darren Rovell And CNBC

    An 18-year-old high school senior named Tim was bored one day last November when CNBC's sports biz guy, Darren Rovell, sent out the following tweet:

    @darrenrovell

    If you are losing a paycheck/business because of the NBA, I want to tell your story. Email me at [email protected].​
    The NBA lockout was still on, and Rovell was looking for a new angle. Tim decided to have a little fun with him. He created a fake email account with the name "Henry James" and the handle [email protected]. He sent a note to Rovell's Gmail:

    I run an escort service in New york, mostly for away teams players after games but I get some knicks and nets players also. They are the high rollers and im not getting the constant business that I need to stay running .​
    [​IMG]Rovell was into it, according to their email exchange, which Tim has kindly sent to us. Rovell replied:

    Henry,​
    I can keep you quiet but can you at least give me financial details — how much do players pay typically? what do they get?​
    Tim/Henry:

    Ya I appreciate you keeping me quiet. Some girls are few hundred dollars an hour, some can be a few thousand dollars per hour, they get anything and everything, especially the younger guys. They mostly have their people contact me to arrange it so I rarely deal directly with players.​

    Rovell:

    what percentage of your business is nba then? and how much money would say you're losing? what cut do you then get?​

    Tim/Henry:

    Well its a high profile operation so I get a lot of athletes depending on the season but between entertainers, athletes and just wealthy people 30 percent roughly is NBA related during NBA season. This far into the season ive probably lost 25,000 dollars maybe more, its hard to tell because were working with lower profile clients in replacement for less money. I take anywhere from 65 to 80 % of the cut depending on how long the woman has been working for me.​

    Rovell:

    this is so fascinating to me. so it's either players or people who come into town to see games that the business is coming from. is there virtually no replacement or you are so tapped into the nba players and their managers that it's harder to get other business because you've done it for so long?​


    one more thing, typically what is the cheapest woman and what is the most expensive woman? i assume it's by the hour and what is the typical # of hours?​

    Tim/Henry:

    There are replacements but they aren't as consistent and not nearly as high paying. Cheapest girl is around 350 or 400 an hour most expensive is 4,000, anywhere from 2 to 6 hours usually​


    Are you doing a report on this?​

    He was indeed. The 18-year-old's gag made its way into Rovell's CNBC.com report a few days later:

    A 30 percent decline seems to be the magic number, even for Henry, who runs an escort service in New York that he says charges between $400 and $4,000 an hour, depending on the woman.​
    Henry says he takes between 65 and 80 percent of the total cut to match the players and other high-profile fans, who are with the client an average of four hours.​
    "There are replacements but they aren't as consistent and not nearly as high paying," Henry said.​

    Where did Tim come up with these prices? "I came up with that completely off the top of my head," he tells me in an email. "I didn't even Google it." The 30 percent figure, he adds, was "made up and it turned out to be the magic number!"

    Rovell used the escort story as Twitter bait:

    @darrenrovell

    The real stories of the NBA Lockout including NY escort service whose biz is down 30% bit.ly/sYC8nh
    The story took off. Business Insider picked up the escort angle and turned it into a post of its own. So did Yahoo, Slam, Pro Basketball Talk, and many others. (Somehow, we missed this one.)
    On Monday, Tim sent us an email, explaining what he'd done. Why had he waited all these months? He says he had forgotten about it, until a friend had texted him out of the blue and told him to send it to us. And what did his friend say?
    "He said he's just such a douche on twitter all the time he just got fed up," Tim says in an email, "which I agree with."
    We asked Rovell for comment. We'll let you know if we hear anything.
     
  11. The Official MassNole

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    What a fucking idiot.
     
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  12. angus

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    He verified the shit out of that story.
     
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  13. Whammy Business

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    Rovell looks like he could be one of those sparkly vampires in that picture.
     
  14. Snakes

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    How do you not even attempt to do any fact checking? Just take some random email and roll with it? This is why the journalism industry is going down the shitter.
     
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  17. William

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    @NotDRovell is pretty funny.

    Rovell just posted that he is hiring a PI to uncover his identity . :roll:
     
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  18. angus

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    What's the hell is he going to do about it if he finds out?
     
  19. Fuzzy Zoeller

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    The very first sentence should've tipped him off that this was BS. How many NBA teams stick around New York after an away game? Seems like unless they're playing the Nets, teams would always head out for the next away game or go home.
     
  20. laxjoe

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    Would you pay $4000 for an escort? A FOR YES. B FOR NO. LETTERS ONLY.
     
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  22. Moxin24

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    He should let Rovell pay the guy then immediately come out and volunteer his identity. I mean this kid probably doesn't give a fuck.
     
  23. laxjoe

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    Results are in, 100% of responders would not pay $4000 for an escort. Good to know what the world thinks
     
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  24. JeremyLambsFace

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    I find it ironic that Deadspin is laying into someone over inadequate fact-checking.
     
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  26. JeremyLambsFace

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    TMB Twitter needs to retweet and ask if they're sure it was Darren Rovell.
     
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  27. ruteelrice

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    I find a lot of Rovell's tweets pretty interesting but it's hilarious when people make fun of him
     
  28. Joe_Pesci

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    :idk: i dont mind Rovell's tweets. he's certainly not anywhere near the worst for sports-related stuff
     
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  30. Fuzzy Zoeller

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    I thought so too until the final 2 paragraphs.
     
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  31. ruteelrice

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    Ehh you have to put yourself in his shoes, he's just trying to do his job. I'd be pissed too
     
  32. laxjoe

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    same. came off very bad there. why not continue to do public stories but just research a bit more. seemed like with the last two paragraphs, he was making the kid out to be the bad guy here
     
  33. Fuzzy Zoeller

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    Instead of saying "I know people really like it when I do these stories, so I'll work harder to verify my sources" he takes his ball and goes home.
     
  34. IrishLAX2

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    This. I like his shit but also find the humor in people just absolutely tearing into him (even though I don't necessarily agree with their reasoning to do so)
     
  35. Moxin24

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    Fuck Rovell. He got taken because he failed to perform the basic duties of his job.
     
  36. eHo

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    Rovell is among the cuntiest reporters in the world. He takes himself very seriously.
     
  37. 941Gator

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    he's a bitch and got played. he needs to man up. sloppy journalism.
     
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  38. Moxin24

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    He failed to do his job. That's the whole point of this story.
     
  39. SC

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    But he didn't do his job, which is to verify shit like that before putting it in a story.
     
  40. eHo

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    Rovell "apologized"

    In a story I wrote here on CNBC.com on November 21, 2011 about the NBA Lockout called, "Small Business Owners Getting Squeezed by NBA Lockout" I was duped by a "source" and I'd like to explain to you my readers what happened.

    The upside of Internet is that it gives a voice to millions of people that otherwise might not have a platform. In this case I used Twitter to crowd source a story about the real people affected by the NBA lockout. I got hundreds of responses from ballboys to ushers who chose to share their very personal stories. I tried to verify all stories by peppering people with questions to test their knowledge. The downside of Twitter is that the voice can hide behind a wall of anonymity.

    The escort story made the cut because I thought it was different. As you can see in the published exchange I went back and forth with "Tim" in an attempt to ascertain whether his story was genuine. Feeling satisfied that the answers seemed real, we included it in the story.

    He duped me. Shame on me. I apologize to my readers.

    As a result I will do fewer stories on the real life impact of big events which I do think the public enjoys.

    There will always be people out there who want their 15 minutes of fame and not really care how they get there.


    Translation: "I'm taking my ball and going home."
     
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  41. Snakes

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    I think Rovell's content can be, at times, very interesting and thought provoking. He has clearly found his nitch in the realm of sports reporting, and that is commendable. But I think his tweets get really, really old. I'm a Twitter fanatic and I'm always checking it. He does his very best to quantify every, single aspect of sports. Some of it is cool, but it gets really old quick. He is the king of finding some random space in time, find the player's salary, and press divide. I can't tell you how many times I've read "Carmelo just made 1256.65 for the last ten minutes of that game. He does it all the time, and it drives me crazy.

    Some people really like that shit. But I tend to be a more qualitative minded person, and all the numbers can just be boring and repetitive. And at times, I think he takes the truly great aspect of sports (Clutch shots, players working their hardest, real human triumphs) and quantifies it into a monetary amount, and that just irks me.
     
  42. Earn_Marks

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    Rovell is such a fucking douche. He's pretty solid on his info and what not, but he's so fucking smug about it.

    I have degrees in sport business and can't stand him enough to follow him anymore.
     
  43. Snakes

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    Yeah, he really is a douchebag. It all starts right here with his friggin' twitter bio.
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  44. jwpearl

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    His "apology" is a crusade against the kid, with two words of apology shoehorned in the middle. What a fag. Own up to the fact that you failed, and all the kid did was expose your incompetence. He acts like he has no idea that people on the internet arn't always completely truthful.
     
  45. James Doakes

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    This is true, but I think there's a pretty big difference in what Deadspin claims to be versus a reporter for CNBC.
     
  46. IrishLAX2

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    He's the Drew Rosenhaus of sports journalism

    And he'll be the first to tell you that
     
  47. TC

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    All right so which reporter are we going to troll next
     
  48. jwpearl

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    I 'updated' Rovell's wikipedia article to include this latest incident. I sourced it and everything, so it'll stay up. It's all truthful, but I did my best to paint him as poorly as possible. The whole new 'controversy' section is mine :loldog:

    yeah, I really don't like Rovell



    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darren_Rovell
     
  49. ruteelrice

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    It's also pretty annoying how obsessed he is with attendance at sporting events. For example: "Here is Wells Fargo Center 10 minutes before 76ers-Nets." He posts at least once about attendance every day.
     
  50. Snakes

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    lol at making a "controversy"section. Those are always the best part of wiki pages.
     
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