Scott Van Pelt
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Adam Schefter was first to break the news that Le’Veon Bell was heading to the New York Jets, but he was caught off guard when it happened.

Danny Small

Live television doesn’t always go as planned. That was the case when ESPN’s Adam Schefter appeared on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt in the wee hours of the night.

While Schefter was discussing Le’Veon Bell’s decision to sign with the New York Jets, he received a call with the terms of the deal.

SVP awkwardly kills time while the viewers have the chance to see how the sausage is made. Live television or not, Schefter needed to tweet out the terms.

NFL free agency is bizarre and this awkward, yet hilarious moment between Schefter and SVP is just one example. All in all, the two handled the unscripted moment pretty well.

Free agency in all sports has turned into this strange soap opera playing out almost entirely through social media. How many Jets fans were up at midnight last night refreshing Bell’s Twitter and Instagram for an update? Who among us didn’t have post notifications turned on for Schefter and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport?

Ten years ago, none of us could have predicted this would happen. And although many fans will complain about the recent trends in how free agency unfolds, we are all glued to our phones waiting for updates. We crave the news as much as we hate to admit it.

The funny thing is, the NFL isn’t even the league with the most dramatic free agency. That award is reserved for the NBA, a league that can’t go a day without being unnecessarily dramatic.

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