If you’re a sports junkie, you might be in for an adjustment as some of your favorite sportscasters may have just gotten the boot by ESPN.
According to Fox News, The total number of employees cut will be around 100 and those being let go include Ed Werder, Danny Kanell, Len Elmore, Jayson Stark, Trent Dilfer and Brett McMurphy.
The big question now is “why?”The official story is that it’s due to sponsors, restructuring, aka “we don’t really know what’s up but we’ve gotta trim the fat.” However, ESPN anchor Linda Cohn thinks that she might know why.
Via Red State Watcher:
ESPN’s sweeping staff cuts are not just the result of ambitious TV rights deals and an overburdened budget, popular “SportsCenter” anchor Linda Cohn suggested Thursday.
The network may be losing the subscriber revenue not just because of cord-cutting, Cohn allowed, but because viewers are increasingly turned off by ESPN inserting politics into its sports coverage.
“That is definitely a percentage of it,” Cohn said Thursday on 77 WABC’s “Bernie and Sid” show when asked whether certain social or political stances contributed to the stupor that resulted in roughly 100 employees getting the ax this week. “I don’t know how big a percentage, but if anyone wants to ignore that fact, they’re blind.”
The example used was of the 2015 ESPYs. Jenner, a former Olympic champion in the decathlon, won the prestigious Arthur Ashe Award for Courage for publicly coming out as a transgender woman. Some felt athletes suffering from disease or disability, such as college basketball player Lauren Hill — who died from cancer three months before the ceremony — and marathoner Noah Galloway — who lost an arm and a leg in the Iraq War — were more deserving.
I don’t know, transgender . . . cancer . . . probably the same amount of bravery there, no? If she is correct, the audiences don’t seem to think so. I’m not sure how it goes with you family, but in mine, sports are what people watch when they DON’T want to think about politics or disagree with someone.
ESPN dummies don't understand your own audience is mostly macho GOP white males who don't want to hear bleeding-heart liberal lectures.
— Wayne Allyn Root (@WayneRoot) April 27, 2017
While I could have gone without the insults, he’s not wrong. Political analyst Mark Dice had a similar opinion.
We told you to stick to sports @ESPN, and stop shoving the liberal agenda in our faces. ESPN to lay off 100 on-air personalities. ???? ????
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) April 26, 2017
I’m all about making sure there is an open and honest debate, but surely some things are sacred. Maybe ESPN should keep their political opinions to themselves and stick to what they know; athletes.
(Source: Red State Watcher)