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ESPN Is Pathetic

Discussion in 'Our Errors are Mistakes: The Media Forum' started by Lose Remerswaal, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. Vinho Tinto

    Vinho Tinto Member SoSH Member

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    This makes sense, but they once carried the Stanley Cup playoffs and UEFA Champions League and treated each of them with the importance of 10 year old shoes.
     
  2. Kliq

    Kliq Member SoSH Member

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    Well part of it is definitely interest based, if ESPN could draw big ratings for SC talking about the MLB they would even if they were not broadcasting it themselves. But a lot of what ESPN does from a news perspective is directly related to what live sporting events they are going to be broadcasting. For instance, ESPN had a direct stake in making the Lonzo/LaVar Ball thing a big important deal, because last season they were going to show a bunch of Laker games on Monday/Wednesday/Friday nights and since the Lakers were a crappy team, they needed a reason for fans to tune in. So they covered the shit out of a mediocre rookie and his moronic father in hopes of creating interest for the games.

    I remember back when I paid more attention to College Football that ESPN was falling head-over-heels for Jameis Winston. They were broadcasting his weekly press conferences and even began covering his college baseball games. It was completely ridiculous, but ESPN also broadcasts the ACC games on Saturday nights, so they had a direct stake in trying to make Winston looking like a star.
     
  3. shaggydog2000

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    ESPN put a big push on the NHL back in the 90's when they had their games. The viewership didn't grow the way they expected, so that was that for them. They had their shot, in ESPN's eyes.
     
  4. John Marzano Olympic Hero

    John Marzano Olympic Hero has fancy plans, and pants to match Dope

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    People still watch SportsCenter? Do you guys live in a hotel?
     
  5. richgedman'sghost

    richgedman'sghost Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I watch the Scott Van Pelt SportsCenter. Does that count?
     
  6. swiftaw

    swiftaw Member SoSH Member

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    Yeah, that’s the only one I watch too, usually because it’s on after MNF.
     
  7. patoaflac

    patoaflac Member SoSH Member

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    Right, I don´t watch any TV unless I'm at a hotel. All sports, series and movies streamed from different internet sources. For news I look for them at diverse internet services. I said goodbye to the cord and the dish many years ago.
     
  8. shaggydog2000

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    But what about when you're at a bar or the bar in a restaurant? Or at the gym? Or in a hotel lobby? Do those add up to about 70% of the ESPN viewership, or is that just me?
     
  9. Papelbon's Poutine

    Papelbon's Poutine Homeland Security SoSH Member

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    Nope, that’s me too and now that I’m spending a few nights a months in a hotel for work, I bought a Firestick because the channel is essentially useless to me outside of live games. It’s not even about anything in particular, so no it’s not deflate gate, maybe it’s just a change in priorities; but I find the on air talent to be all about #hottakez and frankly their online presence isn’t much better these days. I’d love to sit down and watch Gammons, Stark, Eisen or Kenny talk Baseball
    Tonight but it’s not there anymore, in schedule or content. Maybe I changed and it’s always been like that?
     
  10. patoaflac

    patoaflac Member SoSH Member

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    I look for info or video on the phone (although I hate the small screen).
     
  11. patoaflac

    patoaflac Member SoSH Member

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    We all have changed in the last 10 years, technology has changed our lifes for better or for worse, but our habits have changed a lot.
     
  12. johnmd20

    johnmd20 literally like ebola Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    I have three TVs in my office now and one of them is usually on ESPN.(the other two are CNBC and Bloomberg)

    I watch Get Up occasionally, it's actually not bad. But I'm also not focused on it. ESPN.com is the worst website in humanity, and should result in the actual executions of the web designers, but the channel ESPN is still pretty good.
     
  13. Vandalman

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  14. joe dokes

    joe dokes Member SoSH Member

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    I'm less interested in the content of that tweet than I am the author.
    Is he related?
     
  15. Vandalman

    Vandalman Member SoSH Member

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    I'm pretty sure Ben Cafardo is not related to Jessica.
     
  16. Vandalman

    Vandalman Member SoSH Member

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    Wrong thread
     
  17. SirPsychoSquints

    SirPsychoSquints Member SoSH Member

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    Nick's son, yes.

    https://www.espnfrontrow.com/author/bcafardo/

     
  18. John Marzano Olympic Hero

    John Marzano Olympic Hero has fancy plans, and pants to match Dope

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    Good lord. I can't even ... guys, I may have to take a couple of days off.
     
  19. SirPsychoSquints

    SirPsychoSquints Member SoSH Member

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    He's been at ESPN since 2011, spent short amounts of time at MLB, Walt Disney & The Globe. Appears to be around 34 years old.
     
  20. John Marzano Olympic Hero

    John Marzano Olympic Hero has fancy plans, and pants to match Dope

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    I did not need to know this information.
     
  21. SirPsychoSquints

    SirPsychoSquints Member SoSH Member

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    He also says he has a wife and kids, so there could be a third generation of Cafardo on its way to the sports landscape.
     
  22. Mystic Merlin

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    Does JP Riccardi have kids?
     
  23. bosox79

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    2
     
  24. shaggydog2000

    shaggydog2000 Member SoSH Member

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    I need to know how he feels about scouts.
     
  25. E5 Yaz

    E5 Yaz Transcends message boarding Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Don't cross the streams
     
  26. PC Drunken Friar

    PC Drunken Friar Member SoSH Member

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  27. DanoooME

    DanoooME Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Watching the Stanford - UCLA men's hoops game and Bill Walton and his partner are practically at each other's throats. And I have a lot of sympathy for the PBP guy that has to deal with Walton. An example:

    Walton: "I can't even remember if he was in the starting lineup or not."
    PBP guy: "Well, if you'd pay attention once in a while you'd know that"

    They've gone back and forth for the past few minutes.
     
  28. InstaFace

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    Announcer teams that hate each other are way more interesting than announcer teams that all get along happily. I think Tolstoy wrote that.
     
  29. mauidano

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    The Detroit Tigers announcers took it to a new level this past September. Rod Allen & Mario Impemba brawling over a chair. Both are now gone.
     
  30. Lose Remerswaal

    Lose Remerswaal Leaves after the 8th inning Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    On vacation and hoping for some sports news. ESPN right now has an NBA rerun. The Deuce has Golic and Wingo, and ESPNEWS also has Golic and Wingo.

    Dumb.
     
  31. Bunt4aTriple

    Bunt4aTriple Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    If it was Dave Pasch, they have some philosophical differences that can sometimes bleed over into the broadcast: https://jesusnsports.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/dave-pasch-broadcasting-for-christ/
     
  32. Hoya81

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  33. DrewDawg

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  34. bsj

    bsj Renegade Crazed Genius SoSH Member

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    I actually liked Virk.
     
  35. JimD

    JimD Member SoSH Member

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    @richarddeitsch Would be interesting to ask ESPN senior management if the sources talking to ESPN reporters here should be terminated.
     
  36. Dehere

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    Boy the Richard Deitsch podcast with Jim Miller on this topic that went up today is terrific. Miller, who is generally so measured in his answers, is on fire over this. Great listen if this kind of behind the curtain stuff interests you at all.
     
  37. ConigliarosPotential

    ConigliarosPotential Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Thanks for the heads-up - definitely going to download this one!
     
  38. JimD

    JimD Member SoSH Member

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    I'm sure Jimmy Pitaro was waiting for the first opportunity to catch some baseball or soccer person doing this to make an example of them. Had it been one of their marquee NFL or CFB frontline talents, it would have been a two-week suspension tops.
     
  39. Pablo's TB Lover

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    Yeah the F bombs were flying, I don't remember that from Jim before. While during his previous work covering ESPN he has leaned towards the employees side of events, he has also shown a lot of empathy towards the management for the difficult decisions that need to be made in this large evolving organization. Which is why he has a good dialogue with both sides to help him provide a complete story of ESPN.

    However this was NOT one of those occasions.
     
  40. pappymojo

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  41. tims4wins

    tims4wins PN23's replacement SoSH Member

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    Polian is retiring. Our long national nightmare is over.
     
  42. ifmanis5

    ifmanis5 Member SoSH Member

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    ESPN made a trip to Denver to beg Peyton to be on MNF.
    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/n...e=twitter&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral
     
  43. Rough Carrigan

    Rough Carrigan reasons within Reason Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I thought he would first try to change the hiring rules so that commentators who weren't as articulate or insightful would still be able to compete for jobs.
     
  44. Kliq

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    You never retire from saying stupid things. He will still probably be making the rounds on Sirius talk shows and if anything, not having a full-time gig anymore would allow him to let it fly even more. He is such a fraud.
     
  45. Dan Murfman

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    A nice screw up by ESPN yesterday. They had scheduled the women's tournament show for 7 PM last night. On ESPNU at 3 they had a men's bracketology show on. Instead of show the men's first round games they had the women's games listed. They didn't realize the screw up until all the games were revealed. So they moved up the selection show to 5 pm.

    https://ftw.usatoday.com/2019/03/espn-womens-tournament-bracket-leaked-ncaa
     
  46. E5 Yaz

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    That was the dumbest part. Okay, the graphics department screwed up ... you have four hours to figure out a clever way to move forward from the mistake.

    But, no, instead let's move the selection show up 2 hours. If you were planning to watch it at 7, how are you supposed to know it's now at 5?
     
  47. Dick Pole Upside

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    SAS wondering how the Trout contract will impact Mike Sciosia.

    Idiot.
     
  48. DrewDawg

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  49. ConigliarosPotential

    ConigliarosPotential Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    April Fool's Day isn't until Monday.
     
  50. edoug

    edoug Member SoSH Member

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    Fess up, there has to be a at least one bird trainer here.
     

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