ESPN Says It Will Shut Up About Politics

ESPN Says It Will Shut Up About Politics

  • ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro says the sports network is done with politics.

    Ratings for the network have been plunging for the last few years as ESPN has waded more and more into politics. But the former president of the network John Skipper resigned in 2017, and Pitaro says they are going to listen to viewers.

    “Without question, our data tells us our fans do not want us to cover politics. My job is to provide clarity. I really believe that some of our talent was confused on what was expected of them. If you fast-forward to today, I don’t believe they are confused,” Pitaro told the Los Angeles Times.

    https://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-pitaro-espn-disney-20190520-story.html

  • Discussion
  • Now if CNN, MSNBC and all the rest of the MSM would take a look at their ratings.

  • About time

  • So their left leaning politics caused ratings to drop
    Interesting

  • God, I hope there's mass anthem kneeling this season. It seems unlikely, however, since Trump is reversing the unnecessary racial angst that Obama thrived on for 8 years.

  • It’s about Effing Time!!!

    roadshow13 said... (original post)

    ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro says the sports network is done with politics.

    Ratings for the network have been plunging for the last few years as ESPN has waded more and more into politics. But the former president of the network John Skipper resigned in 2017, and Pitaro says they are going to listen to viewers.

    “Without question, our data tells us our fans do not want us to cover politics. My job is to provide clarity. I really believe that some of our talent was confused on what was expected of them. If you fast-forward to today, I don’t believe they are confused,” Pitaro told the Los Angeles Times.

    https://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-pitaro-espn-disney-20190520-story.html

  • I’ve found myself occasionally tuning in again. It’s noticeable ...glad they paid attention.

  • crawdaddy26554 said... (original post)

    I’ve found myself occasionally tuning in again. It’s noticeable ...glad they paid attention.

    I wonder if they'll bring back Hank Williams Jr. for his Monday Night Football intros?

  • I don't think they can expect a full recovery. I'm about 25% of the sports fan I was 5 years ago and they are a small part of the reason.

    If it weren't for WVU football, I'd say 0%.

  • ElkinsMike said... (original post)

    I don't think they can expect a full recovery. I'm about 25% of the sports fan I was 5 years ago and they are a small part of the reason.

    If it weren't for WVU football, I'd say 0%.

    I'm with you, if it weren't for WVU I wouldn't watch sports at all any more.

  • Where did ESPN ever get the idea that they should be involved with politics in the first place?

  • Tutnod said... (original post)

    Where did ESPN ever get the idea that they should be involved with politics in the first place?

    When Disney bought them out.
    I refuse to go there.

  • I wish ESPN would just shut up. Period. Just show the game and shut up.
    And I’m with you, Mike. I’m about done with sports except for WVU

  • Not an ESPN fan but love college football.

    that's 99% of the sports I watch.

  • huatulco said... (original post)

    I wish ESPN would just shut up. Period. Just show the game and shut up.

    And I’m with you, Mike. I’m about done with sports except for WVU

    I wish they would just call the game instead of chit chatting the whole time. I’m far too young to be yelling at the TV but I get tempted when I’m trying to watch basketball and they go split screen to do some human interest story while the game is going on. I don’t give a shit, that isn’t why anyone is watching.

    It’s particularly noticeable in college basketball because there are comparatively so many games and I watch every WVU game that is televised as well as a good number of other Big 12 games. By the end of the season you’ve heard the same blurbs about the same players a hundred times. It’s like every game they are catering to someone tuning in for the very first time, when in reality if you’re watching WVU vs TCU on a Tuesday night you are probably not just beginning your college basketball journey. They should save the fluff for the tournament and talk about what is going on on the court. It’s amazing how often the announcers are talking about something other than the game while it’s going on.

  • They still hate us..

  • ..except for the times they love us.

  • Do we still refer to them as ESPiN ?

    I realized after reading about this that I haven't watch an ESPN show, aside from college basketball or football in a long time. I just tired of all the propaganda. There was a time when I watched CNN too... no more.

    Lynne Russell was awesome...

    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/lynne-russell-ex-cnn-anchor-and-her-husband-are-alive-thanks-to-a-gun

  • I watched boxing on ESPN last week. it was the first time I had turned to that channel since basketball season.

    And it really has nothing to do with politics, I'm just not interested in much of their programming outside of football and basketball, and I have zero need to watch something like SportsCenter these days since anything I need to know is readily available faster than I can turn on the TV.

  • There is just so much more to do ...

  • Next I hope they can fix the stupidity of scheduling CBB games every 2 hours and CFB games every 3. When I set the DVR and the preceding game goes into 4 OTs and cuts at least 30 minutes into my recording... it doesn't do me a whole lotta good that the game is being aired on ESPNews7+ until the conclusion of the current game.

    My favorite was near the end of this basketball season and a f*cking lacrosse match went into 3 OTs.

  • WVU1andONLY said... (original post)

    . it doesn't do me a whole lotta good that the game is being aired on ESPNews7+ until the conclusion of the current game.

    roflmao

  • MtnOtter said... (original post)

    I wish they would just call the game instead of chit chatting the whole time. I’m far too young to be yelling at the TV but I get tempted when I’m trying to watch basketball and they go split screen to do some human interest story while the game is going on. I don’t give a shit, that isn’t why anyone is watching.

    It’s particularly noticeable in college basketball because there are comparatively so many games and I watch every WVU game that is televised as well as a good number of other Big 12 games. By the end of the season you’ve heard the same blurbs about the same players a hundred times. It’s like every game they are catering to someone tuning in for the very first time, when in reality if you’re watching WVU vs TCU on a Tuesday night you are probably not just beginning your college basketball journey. They should save the fluff for the tournament and talk about what is going on on the court. It’s amazing how often the announcers are talking about something other than the game while it’s going on.

    This ^^^
    I don't really care about who they ate lunch with or which movie star is in the stands but I will tolerate it if they will just tell me about the game!

    I don't think they like sports...

  • I'm wondering if this means that they'll let the broadcaster with a confederate civil war name now call whatever game he's assigned to without concern for the [gasp] PC fallout.

  • oldgoldandblue said... (original post)

    When Disney bought them out.

    I refuse to go there.

    Disney bought them in 96. I didn't really notice the politics stuff until the drama series "Playmakers" came out in 03, and the pinnacle closing of that show was about........ a closet gay guy. Simply because he was gay. Had literally zero to do with the show the entire season, and this was their surprise push on the show's finale and suddenly the only issue in the world. It's been a slow climb since then when it comes to getting further involved in progressive politics.