ESPN is in trouble.
Their new President is making major changes.
But is it too little, too late?
Americans are tired of sports mixing with politics.
The NFL has suffered tremendously from this as they enter their third straight season of the anti-American anthem protests.
And ESPN was right in the thick of it.
But their new President, Jimmy Pitaro, is making major changes after realizing the trouble they were in.
Disney CEO Bob Iger told The Hollywood Reporter, “Jimmy felt that the pendulum may have swung a little bit too far away from the field. And I happen to believe he was right.”
Fox News noted:
Author Clay Travis, a frequent critic of ESPN, regularly referred to [Jemele] Hill and Michael Smith’s now-defunct, urban version network’s flagship “Sportscenter” as “WokeCenter” because the show regularly touched on politics.
“They finally have executives in charge of the business who have realized WokeCenter is bad for ESPN’s brands. Sports fans don’t want to see sports and left wing politics mixed ad nauseum,” Travis recently wrote. “The best way to cure a toxic brand? Get rid of the people who made that brand toxic.”
But while Hill was let go, ESPN still employs Max Kellerman, an outspoken liberal and MSNBC star Keith Olbermann.
As Renewed Right noted recently, Kellerman was triggered when Tiger Woods called for people to “respect the office” of the President.
“I’m angry at what Tiger Woods said. It either holds in contempt the intelligence of people who hear it or else it’s just a stupid thing to say. … To say you must have respect for the office — Tiger, be clear. Are you saying that the office, therefore, confers respect onto its present temporary occupant? No. Having respect for the office means principally, in my view, is the officeholder should have respect for the office.”
With hosts like Max Kellerman and Keith Olbermann still in ESPN’s lineup, it’s not clear that ESPN is totally ready to leave behind all of its toxic political commentary.
What are your thoughts?
Should ESPN tone down the politics and get back to talking about sports?
Let us know in the comments below!