Why ESPN is Failing

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  1. jkclone

    jkclone Well-Known Member

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    ESPN is doing their 24 hour special on the NCAA tournament right now and First Take is supposed to be doing it. They've been talking about Ezekiel Elliot pulling down some woman's shirt at a St Patrick's Day parade. The woman didn't even care. Why can they not talk about anything other than Pro sports specifically the NFL?
     
  2. CloneinWDSM

    CloneinWDSM Well-Known Member

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    Pro sports, specifically football = money
     
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  3. Tre4ISU

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    It looked to me like she cared. Really, it doesn't matter. Unless she explicitly told him to do it, it was wrong.
     
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  4. Clonefan32

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    ESPN is garbage. I can remember a time where I'd rarely turn anything else on. Now, unless it's coverage of an event I want to watch, I avoid it at all costs.

    The other day I was at a restaurant from about 3:00 to 5:00. The TV next to me had ESPN on and while I couldn't hear it, all the shows had a bar on the side setting forth the topics being discussed. It was literally 3 different shows of them talking about the exact same thing.
     
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  5. HFCS

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    A bubble is guaranteed to burst for all of televised sports when the smart financial payday move for a conference with sports brands like Michigan and Ohio State is to add brands like Rutgers.
     
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  6. jkclone

    jkclone Well-Known Member

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    That isn't really the point, but I was just going off what they said that she said afterwords she didn't care. But again the specifics of whatever Elliot did aren't important. This week is for basketball. There's no excuse for as much NFL that's been on.
     
  7. erikbj

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    The bubble will burst soon. That NBA contract is going to be the dagger for them. $15Billion over 10 years. When there are players you never heard of making $10-20MM / year - you know something wrong is happening. Funny how they cry all day because the "stars" all sat out the Saturday night prime time game.

    I hope they start the layoffs with Mike and Mike and got right to Dan Lebtard next.

    Bad news will be for college sports - the TV contracts are not going to grow and they may come backwards. For schools that are financing expansions based on growing revenue will be in a ton of hurt.
     
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  8. mj4cy

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    It's kind of why I don't listen to Rich Eisen. Don't need 24/7 coverage of the NFL on top of his fantasy team updates.
     
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  9. Rural

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    In before "political agenda".
     
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  10. ILiftWithRoyce

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    1st take is a joke. A good first round of budget cuts for ESPN should include terminating Stephen A's contract and removing that incoherent rant fest about completely irrelevant things from the air.
     
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  11. 3GenClone

    3GenClone Well-Known Member

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    Here's a link to a Deadspin article (which was taken from a Sports Illustrated report) from March 6 that said ESPN is going to announce layoffs in the coming weeks/months and a majority of the cuts will be talent in front of the camera.

    http://deadspin.com/here-come-big-espn-layoffs-1793002796

     
  12. runbikeswim

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    Interesting spots coverage is hard to find. I enjoy the Gameday experiences of college sports, but that is about it anymore. Gone are the days where you watched the ESPN ticker to get your news.
     
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  13. cycloneworld

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    People still watch ESPN outside of live sports??
     
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  14. Bryce7

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    The 3 amigos, Mike and Mike, and Stephen and whoever does not interest me much. Sports Center is okay.
     
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    Yeah ESPN is not what it used to be.

    That "ESPN 6" show with Jamele Hill and Michael Smith is... not good. Basically just those two going over talking points which are not even related to sports. It is unwatchable. Much prefer they just show highlights of the days sports games.
     
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  16. 3GenClone

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    I think I may have just found a new Avatar
     
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  17. VeloClone

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    I haven't listened to the dude much but I have heard enough to know that the minute they can him he will be in the media and a probable lawsuit contending that it was entirely racially motivated.
     
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  18. Triggermv

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    ESPN is failing because of cord cutting, not because of talking too much NFL
     
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  19. cyhiphopp

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    The Sports Bubble is hurting ESPN, a lot, but one of the big factors in their demise is the death of SportsCenter. No one needs ESPN to give them highlights any more. You get them instantly off of twitter and other social media. And while that was never making them tons of money, it attracted talent to the network and made loyal fans everywhere. I remember when I was in college, my roommates and I would try and watch SC every night during football and basketball season. It was appointment TV. Now it's the same clips you see everywhere and ESPN has to insert sports "highlights" from games that ESPN networks carry just to pimp themselves.

    Add in the cost of carrying sports programming going through the roof and ESPN is pretty much doomed.

    Now the only thing they have to offer are discussion shows which only get attention when Stephen A or some other personality blows up and says something ridiculous.
     
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  20. BoxsterCy

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    I pretty much never watched their talking head shows and mostly quite Sports Center years ago. It's all just pro sports fan and franchise sucking up with a liberal sprinkling of fake outrage and conflict between a couple of jackass "personalities". Occasionally have it on as background noise waiting for my team highlights but it's generally not worth the wait when you can go grab it online.

    The only exception I find is some of their in studio baseball stuff where they grab a bat and ball and explain some things but that's from guys who actually have some baseball knowledge and aren't just acting like asshats.
     
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