MSESPN and Politics In Sports

Here is perhaps the best essay on politicization in sports media that I have read, and Clay Travis is far from a right-winger:

https://www.outkickthecoverage.com/first-amendment-espn-modern-media/

His point is, ESPN should not fire Jemele Hill despite her making some patently false, inflammatory and what could be interpreted as racist comments. It was done in private time, not on air. Unfortunately, MSESPN has dug itself into this hole by previously punishing or firing others for making comments that offended left-wing sensibilities, also in their private time not on air, thereby making it very clear which side of the political spectrum it sits on. Quoting Clay, here is the rub:

“ESPN shouldn’t be in the business of deciding what political opinions are appropriate and inappropriate, but when they fired Curt Schilling entirely for his political opinions nearly a year and a half ago they put themselves in the business of analyzing employee speech and determining what was permissible and what was impermissible. Rather than stand up to a left wing Internet mob that was upset with Schilling’s Facebook posts about transgender bathroom issues, ESPN could have simply said they disagreed with Schilling’s private beliefs, but didn’t believe those beliefs made him a bad baseball analyst. So ESPN had an opportunity to establish an important precedent with Curt Schilling, they could have simply said this to the online social media mob: “While many of you on social media may find this shocking, we employ tens of thousands of people to talk and write and produce shows about sports. And not all of them have the exact same opinion about political issues. Rather than demand that our employees avoid discussing politics or having any opinions on important issues facing our country, we’ve instructed all of them that those political opinions should never appear on our airwaves. But in their private lives, they may advocate for whichever causes and opinions they deem just. What they believe in their private lives is not our business so long as they do good jobs at work. We’re in the business of sports, not politics.”

ESPN must either allow all political speech by its personalities, or none at all. If it does not, it will soon be a footnote in media history.

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ESPN is Dumber Than We Thought

Removing Asian announcer Robert Lee from a UVA football game because they didn’t want the ridicule, or him to be ridiculed, or some in its snowflake audience to be “triggered”, or something. Not to the left: nowhere in this country’s laws (Constitution) do you have the right to never be offended.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/08/22/espn-pulls-asian-american-announcer-from-virginia-football-game-because-has-confederate-generals-name.html

From one of the best sports sites out there. God love Clay Travis:

https://www.outkickthecoverage.com/msespn-pulls-asian-announcer-named-robert-lee-off-uva-game-avoid-offending-idiots/

Hey ESPN: sports is meant as an escape, stop with the politicking. It is killing your business, you dopes!

ESPN Continues To Struggle

In what was no surprise the other day, troubled ESPN fired more than 100 employees, most of them on-air talent. Many of them were actually well regarded journalists and analysts. While ESPN’s struggles and obvious leftward tilt have been well-documented, the root causes of its troubles are several. However, the network appeared to make the calculus a few years back that adding leftist politics, political correctness and “social justice” to its programming would expand its audience…it hasn’t. In fact, ESPN may actually have made the situation worse now by getting rid of “substance guys” while keeping the opinionated clowns and carnival barkers that now populate its airways.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/447060/espn-layoffs-stick-sports

http://thefederalist.com/2017/04/26/the-real-story-behind-espns-wednesday-massacre/

 

ESPN Reportedly Losing 10,000 Subscribers Per Day

I have written about this before. Sports outlets in general and ESPN in particular have overtly become SJW and PC. ESPN has aggressively promoted a far-left agenda and has seemingly been taken over by BLM. No surprise, but its business is tanking. What is particularly worth perusing in the linked article is the research correlating sports fandom to political affiliation and engagement. Not surprisingly, a majority of sports fans skew conservative. The exceptions being tennis, soccer, and the NBA. Oh, and both WNBA viewers.

http://www.inquisitr.com/3970090/espn-reportedly-losing10000subscribers-every-day/

 

 

 

 

 

Sports Media Becoming Overtly PC and SJW

After 35 years I have let my Sports Illustrated subscription lapse. It was partly due to the deterioration in the quality of writing. But more important was SI’s increasing advocacy of far-left causes: perceived racism, radical trans-genderism, in your face advocacy of gay rights, and even “global warming”. As if to prove my point, SI just put “Bruce” Jenner on the cover of their “where are they now” issue. You would have had to have been in a prison on Pluto for the past two years to not know about Jenner.

As bad as SI has become, ESPN is far worse. They have run off most of their older talent under the guise of “cost-cutting”, inexplicably replaced qualified journalists and former athletes with numerous minorities of dubious qualification, punished employees who dare stray from their radical left orthodoxy, and openly advocated radical left SJW causes like transgenderism and Black Lives Matter. One need look to further than their “courage” award to Jenner at the 2015 ESPY’s and their celebration of “Black Lives” at this year’s self-congratulatory awards.

Sports in general and ESPN in particular have always had ample minority (black) coverage and content as it should, but ESPN seems to have gone overboard in the past several years. Between radio, the web and TV, it is increasingly hard to find programming or content on ESPN that isn’t entirely focused on black athletes and race. It is as if they are trying to become the BSPN. Excellent journalism like Bill Simmons “Grantland” has been replaced with entirely race-focused garbage like “The Undefeated”.

http://deadspin.com/how-grantland-died-1739682579

Race-baiters like Michael Wilbon and Jason Whitlock have been given prominent voices at ESPN. Their new approach is stunning, given ESPN’s falling ratings and questionable demographics of their new format. Charges of overt anti-white racism from some of their recently fired employees, like Curt Schilling, are beginning to sound credible. But it’s not just white analysts who pay they price. Ray Lewis was fired when he dared to criticize black-on-black crime.

http://hotair.com/archives/2016/07/14/espn-hypocrites-celebrate-black-lives-matter-at-espys-while-silencing-schilling-lewis-over-their-politics/

Like I did with SI, I am pulling the plug on ESPN.