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Monday, February 13, 2017

MSESPN

Outkick the Coverage describes ESPN's slow-motion seppuku:
The only sports fans with a large fan base in this country that skew liberal in their voting are NBA fans. And that's because of black voters who, guess what, are actually more socially conservative and religious than many white voters. As business plans go ESPN going all in on liberal sports fans is the rough equivalent of Outkick saying that henceforth we will only write articles about hot girls in Saudi Arabia....

The first time I noticed ESPN's new liberal slant was when the network decided to give an ESPY for courage to Caitlyn Jenner for making the decision to become a woman. Look, I'm all for people pursuing their own individual happiness, but there was nothing courageous about Jenner's decision. To me true courage requires an individual risk either life or liberty. Jenner risked neither.

And, remarkably, just about everyone in sports media was afraid to point out how transparently about ratings this decision was. Hell, they even moved the ESPYS to ABC SO MORE PEOPLE COULD SEE HOW INCLUSIVE ESPN WAS.

It was a blatant attempt to gain viewers for the network.

And that was the jumping off point, the moment ESPN ceased to be about sports and became a mouthpiece of the farthest left reaches of the Democratic party. I'm all for political discussion, but when you ally yourself with one political party and your business ostensibly is to talk about sports, you lose viewers who see what you're doing. That's why I call ESPN MSESPN now, the network is desperate to prop up its ratings and has decided that becoming a shill for the left wing in the country is its best option. Sadly, this is just going to lose more viewers.

Not surprisingly, ESPN's ratings are tanking. Ratings for opinion shows the Monday after the Super Bowl this year, a day that is generally one of the most viewed in the country, were down a whopping 33% on average for PTI, Around the Horn, SportsCenter and others.

Turns out that alienating a large segment of your audience is bad for business.
This is nothing more than basic SJW convergence in action. And the more that ESPN's ratings tank, the more they will double-down, unless the SJWs are purged. Given that Disney is arguably the foremost SJW corporation, that would appear to be highly unlikely.

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86 Comments:

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) February 13, 2017 8:11 AM  

Vox would you have any interest in going on Clay's radio show or podcast to talk about SJWAL?

Anonymous Viidad February 13, 2017 8:20 AM  

The preaching leftism of ESPN really strikes me as asinine - it's one I just don't get. It's a sports network. I daresay there are more Trump-supporting sports fans than liberal ones.

Blogger The Kurgan February 13, 2017 8:28 AM  

NEVER underestimate the reality of pointy haired cretinous idiot bosses

Anonymous Mathias February 13, 2017 8:28 AM  

Honestly, I'm as happy as a clam over this, I HATE the entire concept of professional sports. Not Sport, mind you, I will happily play a game of pick-up football, as I'm a decent running-back, but the idea that a bunch of meatheads ought to be paid absurd amounts of money and worshipped as the ancient Roman gladiators were for playing with a ball. Or for that matter, a joystick(Esports are one of the worst thing to happen to the VG industry in recent memory). The whole thing should really be called "Sport Circus".

Good riddance to the entire industry (and their law-sanctioned monopoly), hopefully the public focus as far as sports go will fall back to watching local tradesmens/public worker teams like it started out in the early 1900's.

Blogger Raggededge February 13, 2017 8:28 AM  

Vox would you have any interest in going on Clay's radio show or podcast to talk about SJWAL?

I don't know if I could handle that much savagery on one show.

Blogger herfsi February 13, 2017 8:29 AM  

it's like SJW's are a wannabe virus - they either think the rest of the world is like them or they assume the rest of the world should be made into them. too bad for them many of us are resistant.

Blogger VD February 13, 2017 8:32 AM  

Vox would you have any interest in going on Clay's radio show or podcast to talk about SJWAL?

Sure, if you wish to arrange it.

Blogger KK February 13, 2017 8:36 AM  

Clay Travis is generally liberal but has been 100% consistent against PC & SJW issues. #dbap

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) February 13, 2017 8:41 AM  

Sure, if you wish to arrange it.

All I can do is send him an email, but I would suggest that the Dread Ilk and VFM and assorted others tweet him @claytravis...he's pretty active on twitter

Blogger Mr.MantraMan February 13, 2017 8:42 AM  

I had a hunch ESPN was toast years ago. The covers to their dead tree mag were mainly gay porn featuring shirtless black athletes, but what I didn't see was the tsunami of cancellations since I thought people would be just like me and drift away slowly.

I find it all humorous, a bunch of libtards abusing the hell out of the Jackie Robinson theme to drool over black d*ck and blacks playing along (I'll bet blacks are the most faithful ESPN viewers)

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) February 13, 2017 8:45 AM  

I emailed clay...

His email is claytravis at gmail if anyone else wants to email him.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan February 13, 2017 8:45 AM  

As for Clay I think it best to recommend reading SJWAL prior to a podcast, otherwise he will in most likely hood drop off into liberal cliche from what he has heard.

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) February 13, 2017 8:46 AM  

I don't know if I could handle that much savagery on one show.

Email/tweet Clay

Blogger Johnny February 13, 2017 8:46 AM  

To give some lukewarm support for professional sports, think of the people in it as entertainers. On that level I would like a professional performance on the athletic field for the same reason I want professionally done stage performances.

The problem of course is when we put more into it than is there. When we start seeing the athletes as more than just individuals displaying a level of physical skill. a display of skill. That is the nonsense that most of us are given to.

Blogger Johnny February 13, 2017 8:51 AM  

>>Look, I'm all for people pursuing their own individual happiness, but there was nothing courageous about Jenner's decision. To me true courage requires an individual risk either life or liberty. Jenner risked neither.

He got it right at first and then drifted away. Jenner is no hero because his actions are self serving. That is all. The rest is just the magnitude of risk taken by what he chose to do. And in today's environment of over the top fake approval for deviants, that risk was minor also. Not much risk in a self serving action is not worthy of note, let alone admiration.

Blogger tuberman February 13, 2017 8:55 AM  

#15
There was absolutely NO RISK in Jenner's choice, just tons of cheap attention.

Blogger dc.sunsets February 13, 2017 8:59 AM  

I think the urge to turn firms competing on a market into Leftist megaphones stems from their worry that the Mighty Fist of the State was inadequate for pounding Mankind into their preferred form.

"Well, we used that part of society and here we are, getting all sorts of pushback. I guess we need to arrogate all the power outside of the political realm, too, in order to create our Utopia free of racism, sexism, religious conflict, class warfare, etc., etc., etc."

The Fad of the last several centuries is at apogee, and signs indicate it's rolling over to move to another fad. Those most deeply embedded in the Old Narrative clearly exhibit increasing desperation to keep their Fad in place, just like a fashion designer with warehouses full of micro-miniskirts might double-down on ads promoting their merchandise, only to see demand for long dresses skyrocket.

Fear has a smell.

Blogger bosscauser February 13, 2017 9:02 AM  

ESPN hired Limbaugh then fired him when he correctly pointed out
media kisses black crybaby incompetent athletes asses because their not white!


#PresidentTrump2020

Blogger Wanda Sherratt February 13, 2017 9:03 AM  

I don't care about sports in general, but I can spot a depressing trend, and this is just the Gamergate story write large on big, corporate stationary. The Left has a neverending itch to control and push people around, and no amount of scratching will ever be enough for them.

We're all hobbiests in some way. A fully converged world is one where I can't watch a quilting video without getting a lesson on global warming, or patterns that celebrate diversity. A tube radio enthusiast has to listen to lectures on how blacks really invented radio waves. Vintage car fans are forced to submit to harangues on what a racist Henry Ford was. The point is, they will never leave you alone. It doesn't matter what you like or want or think, nothing is too small and insignificant to be given a pass and be left alone.

Blogger tuberman February 13, 2017 9:03 AM  

ESPN is merely a fast study to show what is in store for all converged SJW companies. Some will destroy themselves quickly, and others will take time.

Blogger Cecil Henry February 13, 2017 9:05 AM  


Jordan Peterson admits it: 'Canadian Universities are irredeemable'.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcNInM6Gf5k&t=58m30s

Destroyed by 'diversity' and PC Cultural Marxism. They will destroy the rest of Canada, and the rest of the West, if not STOPPED FULLY.

Make Canada Great Again.

Anonymous Cadwallander J February 13, 2017 9:08 AM  

There was absolutely NO RISK in Jenner's choice, just tons of cheap attention.

Unless and until Jenner lops off his unit I'm convinced it was a lame media ploy to stay relevant in a post-Kardashian world.

Blogger dc.sunsets February 13, 2017 9:09 AM  

@15 Jenner's behavior is Peak Woman in the sense of the common female obsession with being in the limelight.

Seen in that context, of course a man announcing he's a woman is celebrated; it is the apotheosis of the feminization of the culture, a celebration of one of the most obnoxious of female-spectrum attributes.

1. A (once) strong man wants to be a woman, proving that women are superior.
2. A (once) famous person debases himself to the extent of announcing he's a lunatic in public in order to stand on stage screaming, "LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME!!" which is nothing more or less than what so many women want to do every day (and what misbehaving children are doing, confirming that some female-spectrum behaviors are those of perpetual children.)

Jenner (and the whole Kardashian thing) is a perfect summation of the debasement of Western society under the guiding pressure of Leftist lunacy in culture rather than economics.

Cultural Marxism, indeed.

Blogger Cail Corishev February 13, 2017 9:09 AM  

Anyhow, in this Current Year, can we PALEASE stop this fake narrative that blacks are socially conservative or particularly religious.

Yeah, I caught that too. The weasel word there is "than many white voters." Which is like saying Louie Anderson weighs less than many women. While perhaps mathematically true, its implied meaning is false.

But that's the kind of stuff you have to put in your article if you're going to appear critical of a victim group in any way -- even when you're kind of an outsider, politically-incorrect sports pundit. That's not a criticism of Clay, whom I like; it's just an observation of how well trained everyone is to drop in those little disclaimers as shielding.

Blogger Wrangler February 13, 2017 9:10 AM  

Clay Travis is awesome, should have known the Supreme Dark Lord would read him.

Blogger Benjamin Kraft February 13, 2017 9:26 AM  

Concur, Disney with their perpetual mutilations of reality in their portrayal of "true love" and "love at first sight", not to even go into their multicultism, have been pushing this crap for the better part of a century. The only real surprise is how long and gradual the convergence has been.

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Anonymous vfm #0202 February 13, 2017 9:32 AM  

@claytravis, #vfms

Do a show with Theodore Beale (vox day). It'll be a hoot!

But first read the free "when SJWs attack" excerpt from his book "SJWs always lie". That way you'll know both how the show will go, and what to do with all the free publicity that will follow.

Blogger Benjamin Kraft February 13, 2017 9:33 AM  

@14. That plays exactly into the point. They ARE just entertainers. No "stars" of any kind should have EVER made more than a few hundred grand a year, and this is AFTER factoring in the fact that they basically destroy their bodies in a decade. TV "stars" shouldn't even earn that much.

Really, the only reason they ever did/do earn that much is because we're a nation of hedonists, and these entertainment empires are hedonistic idolatrous cults.

Blogger Gapeseed February 13, 2017 9:35 AM  


I believe Bristol takes its marching orders here from Disney, which has worldwide copyright concerns it feels are better protected by Democrats. That promoting Democrats happened to dovetail nicely with the beliefs of Disney executives was a happy coincidence, at least until the cancellations started rolling in.

If Trump really wanted to get revenge on Disney on top of that gaping self-inflicted wound seen with Disney's rapidly-depreciating ESPN asset, he would alter the copyright code to Disney's detriment.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan February 13, 2017 9:56 AM  

This could be fun, with just the right amount of trolling and the usual conservative outrage the SJW will double down and ESPN will have Trigglypuffs as its core audience. For the win

Blogger praetorian February 13, 2017 10:12 AM  

He got it right at first and then drifted away. Jenner is no hero because his actions are self serving.

Jenner is mentally insane, no different than a person who thinks they are an attack helicopter. Indulging your insanity and filleting your penis is not brave: it is insane.

The ground that normies have ceded on this obvious fact in order to be nice and avoid ever, ever, even once criticizing someone on what feel like vaguely sexual grounds shows how tight the cultural marxist vice is locked on the normie brain.

Blogger Jon D. February 13, 2017 10:14 AM  

One, I've always hated watching ESPN because if you aren't NY/Boston + SEC Football, you barely exist on their network. After that, if the network didn't have rights to your sport, your sport doesn't exist (how often do they talk about hockey?).

Of course that NY/Boston over time has translated not just to their sports coverage, but to how their politics go. Hubris like the big blue states in the election has brought them to this point. And good riddance.

Anonymous a deplorable rubberducky February 13, 2017 10:20 AM  

I blame Disney, which in turn is just like ALL large American corporations in that all the layers relating to public relations and "good corporate citizenship" are 100% SJW converged. The thought leaders there simply will not allow any cultural movement that does not serve their goals of social justice. None. And, in their view, their is no neutral ground. If it doesn't move the ball for social justice, then it's regressive and must be suppressed.

Listen to Curt Schilling tell of his experiences. He relates that there are plenty of anti-SJWs around, but it's a de facto Reign of Terror underway and they all cower and keep their head down.

It's soooo tiring. When will people stop cucking and cowering and just smash up the institutional tyranny of the SJWs?

Blogger Timmy3 February 13, 2017 10:21 AM  

Listening to sports commentary is boring as heck. I have no interest in knowing the ins and outs of player recruiting and politics and any other social issue. I still have ESPN available on my cable, but it is largely unwatched except when football or baseball season is on.

Blogger cheddarman February 13, 2017 10:28 AM  

(((disney)))

Anonymous Henry Havelock February 13, 2017 10:46 AM  

I bought a temporary online subscription to ESPNU for bowl season.

Poking around I found I had paid for access to gems like: "Longhorn Network Presents: Panel on Police & Race." What the hell?

Anonymous Taco Town February 13, 2017 10:51 AM  

On black social conservatism:

It's almost certainly true that the average black democrat is more socially conservative than the average white democrat, but I don't think this matters a lot. Social issues don't seem to be a priority to black voters, compared to things like gibsmedat and hating whitey. Black social conservatism isn't a lever that is going to change anything.

As for ESPN, I cut all ties after they fired Cowherd, and I was only following Cowherd for years.

Blogger Elder Rock February 13, 2017 10:52 AM  

ESPN had been going leftward for years. The Jenner thing was just when they decided that there need not be any more pretense about it.

Anonymous Avalanche February 13, 2017 10:54 AM  

@38 " I still have ESPN available on my cable, but it is largely unwatched except when football or baseball season is on."

A friend watches games on the boob-tube MUTED and has the radio on for sound. Because the radio guys have to describe what's going on, they don't get to fill MOST of the game with drivel...

Anonymous BBGKB February 13, 2017 10:59 AM  

black athletes, but what I didn't see was the tsunami of cancellations since I thought people would be just like me and drift away slowly

Thank you Colon Kirkpatrick for being a real black that TV couldn't edit out. Also for squatting out red pills of the best possible scenario for adopting a black kid.

There was absolutely NO RISK in Jenner's choice, just tons of cheap attention.

Jenner had to kill one woman to be accepted as a woman driver. Jenner was found not to be at fault since his car had a defective tranny in it.

Anonymous BBGKB February 13, 2017 11:03 AM  

One place isn't converged.

"Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban says his country will open its arms to west Europeans fleeing mass immigration and “the lords of globalist politics”.
http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/02/11/hungary-will-welcome-true-refugees-germans-french-others-seeking-europe-lost-homelands/

Blogger praetorian February 13, 2017 11:05 AM  

If Trump really wanted to get revenge on Disney on top of that gaping self-inflicted wound seen with Disney's rapidly-depreciating ESPN asset, he would alter the copyright code to Disney's detriment.

I hope Trump goes after cable bundling too. It would be popular and it would disrupt Le Happy Media.

Disney delenda est.

Blogger bearspaw February 13, 2017 11:09 AM  

Sports media has been convergd for decades. Back in the 80's Howard Cosell and then Jimmy the Greek got canned for innocent remarks about black players.

Blogger 4499 February 13, 2017 11:28 AM  

Bruce Jenner - Dick =/= Caitlyn; Bruce Jenner - Dick = Dickless Bruce.

Blogger MadMax 1861 February 13, 2017 11:31 AM  

@44 BBGKB Joke of the week. I almost choked on my lunch when I read that!Ha!
"Jenner had to kill one woman to be accepted as a woman driver. Jenner was found not to be at fault since his car had a defective tranny in it."

Blogger rcocean February 13, 2017 11:41 AM  

No I'm not "all for political discussions" on ESPN. I want to watch sports on ESPN not some 3rd rate political analysis by some bonehead athlete or journalism school grad.

Blogger Billy Ray February 13, 2017 12:05 PM  

Anyhow, in this Current Year, can we PALEASE stop this fake narrative that blacks are socially conservative or particularly religious.

IT IS NOT A FAKE NARRATIVE

polls and questionnaires time and time again show blacks to be VERY conservative in their attitudes/beliefs. the problem is they go into the voting booth and vote against their self interest

Backs oppose abortion at extremely higher rates than whites but then vote for abortion loving dems to save affirmative action over a fear of the voting rights act being overturned, which will NEVER happen.but you can't tell well trained blacks that.

Blacks are one way outside the voting booth and someone completely different inside it.

Blogger Otto February 13, 2017 12:31 PM  

One of the worse offenders is Mike Greenberg co-host of Mike&Mike.

Blogger James Dixon February 13, 2017 12:47 PM  

> One of the worse offenders is Mike Greenberg co-host of Mike&Mike.

(((Mike Greenberg)))? Yes, he is.

My wife and I actually considered get Sling TV, since we can't get either over the air or cable TV where we live, primarily for ESPN. Their moves to the left have pretty much shot that notion.

Blogger Shitlord Numéro Uno February 13, 2017 12:59 PM  

Not really. They just don't prioritize their conservative beliefs at all, and no amount of effort to change that has ever moved the needle. Further efforts to do so would be a complete waste of scarce resources.

Blogger MeneMene February 13, 2017 1:11 PM  

With black abortion percentages in the 80s and single motherhood even higher, I see no evidence for black social conservatism.

Blogger dc.sunsets February 13, 2017 1:13 PM  

Billy Ray, didn't your momma teach you to ignore what people say and watch what they do?

Anonymous VFM #7916 February 13, 2017 1:18 PM  

@51

Outside the voting booth? Their preferences DO NOT MATTER.

The thing is the Deed. There's a German phrase for that, I think.

They vote for the FSA? They vote for political office by the color of their candidates skin? Then that's what they want. The problem is, like SJW's who dicked over California or Muslim refugees, that they move away from the hellholes they create.

That's gonna be one of the things that becomes crystal clear in the next decade or so.

Blogger dc.sunsets February 13, 2017 1:22 PM  

@38 My cable provider (minion of Satan) hits me for a $5 "regional sports fee," probably some a-hole local tax, but the last time I watched anything sports related was before I lost the outdoor channel's feed of the Bianchi Cup.

Bundling is BS. Between that and astonishingly BAD customer service (it is literally impossible to speak to a US-based, English-as-first-language CSR with Comcast) I'm ready to return to DIAL-UP Internet and an Aerial antenna.

I see no future for ESPN, and I'm not sure Walt's legacy copyrights will keep Disney afloat forever given how abysmal are its executives. Not even Heaven could survive such idiotic management.

Blogger Sam Lively February 13, 2017 1:23 PM  

@26

That's not how it was at all actually. Disney was the most conservative institution in Hollywood. Walt died too early to actively resist the radicalization that ran rampant post-Hays code, but the organization ran on his conservative fumes until the 80's, when his son-in-law started to look to the rest of Hollywood for new ideas. Then came the coup that had Walt's nephew hand the reins over to pure Hollywood operators in Eisner (from Paramount) and Wells (from Warner Bros.).

That was when Disney made a hard left turn, though it took awhile to manifest - Beauty and the Beast marks the beginning of Disney's run as a fully-converged SJW vehicle.

Blogger dc.sunsets February 13, 2017 1:25 PM  

@57 The problem is, like SJW's who dicked over California or Muslim refugees, that they move away from the hellholes they create.

Once resource restriction becomes the default assumption of the hive, locusts who try fleeing to the next intact field will be exterminated en masse.

"We Are The World" welcome will invert to "We Don't Know you, We Don't Trust You, Go Away Or We Open Fire."

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) February 13, 2017 1:31 PM  

My wife and I actually considered get Sling TV, since we can't get either over the air or cable TV where we live, primarily for ESPN. Their moves to the left have pretty much shot that notion.

We use sling during college football season...because it's month to month, you only need it for maybe half the year.

Blogger Student in Blue February 13, 2017 1:38 PM  

I'm completely missing the context of what the MS in MSESPN is supposed to stand for, and a quick scan of the article in full didn't explain it either. Can anyone throw me a bone?

Anonymous beerme February 13, 2017 1:41 PM  

The greatest single wound Trump can inflict on the media would be the mandating of a la carte pricing in cable/satellite TV. A TV shoah would be the immediate result.

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) February 13, 2017 1:42 PM  

I'm completely missing the context of what the MS in MSESPN is supposed to stand for, and a quick scan of the article in full didn't explain it either. Can anyone throw me a bone?

MSNBC

Blogger Gapeseed February 13, 2017 1:47 PM  

@62 Student in Blue - I believe it stands for the Microsoft portion of MSNBC.

Anonymous WaterBoy February 13, 2017 1:59 PM  

MS = Millenial Safezone

Blogger tz February 13, 2017 2:02 PM  

I know, Drudge but NFL joins in seppuku

We should all insist on open restrooms in every stadium and if there is anything like an NFL store.

Can the football players use the cheerleaders lockerroom?

Anonymous WaterBoy February 13, 2017 2:02 PM  

From the original article:

"when the network decided to give an ESPY for courage to Caitlyn Jenner for making the decision to become a woman."

How courageous of Bruce to employ his male privelege like that and impinge on the feminine mystique.

Also.......BLECH!

Anonymous WaterBoy February 13, 2017 2:18 PM  

Gapeseed @33: "If Trump really wanted to get revenge on Disney...he would alter the copyright code to Disney's detriment."

Wouldn't work. Copyright code -- including duration (which is the major rap against Disney) -- are the work of Congress.

Trump might have leeway via EO in how those laws are executed, but he can't outright change them.

Blogger YIH February 13, 2017 2:43 PM  

@15 @22: That's pretty much my take on Jenner, he's been irrelevant since the early 80's NBC Olympic coverage. He didn't like being the answer to a trivia question - especially being surrounded by the Kartrashiains. From what I gather, no surgery, no plans for it, and I don't think any hormone treatments.
Courage? Not even close.

Blogger Gapeseed February 13, 2017 2:48 PM  

@69 WaterBoy - Technically, you're right. But who knows what mischief Trump and his ostensible allies in Congress might sow for Disney sotto voce? The means, motive and opportunity are all there. Why not cause misery to an organization so dedicated to your desiccation?

Blogger Thucydides February 13, 2017 3:01 PM  

Of course since Disney, media giants and other large converged corporation are sitting on a giant horde of cash, it will take a long time to kill them through a straight boycott. Even smaller enemies, like the NYT may be forced to vacate eight floors of their building and sublet, but they are still the personal project of a Mexican billionaire.

Much the same thing happens in academia, with the various campuses of the University of Oceania sitting on millions or billions in endowments.

We will need to devise other strategies, mostly to ensure that these institutions are striped of any credibility and no one accepts credentials or information offered from them anymore. Disempowering them is going to be the key over the next four years.

It might not even be that difficult. I saw commenters on CNN today [ractically frothing at the mouth over the issue of voter fraud, claiming there was "no evidence". Clearly they were hoping no one was thinking back to the evidence of massive irregularities and fraud uncovered by the Green Party's recount effort in Michigan. Extrapolating the result of Michigan across the United States, it may actually be true that Clinton lost the popular vote, in addition to the EC. The unveiling of a massive fraud, especially after they have spent countless hours passionately arguing that it isn't true will probably strip away their credibility from the vast majority of apolitical Americans (for whom Alt-right is just as foreign a concept as the rules of CFL football or Rugby), who are really the centre of gravity in this entire battle.

Blogger YIH February 13, 2017 3:07 PM  

dc.sunsets wrote:@38 My cable provider (minion of Satan) hits me for a $5 "regional sports fee," probably some a-hole local tax, but the last time I watched anything sports related was before I lost the outdoor channel's feed of the Bianchi Cup.

Bundling is BS. Between that and astonishingly BAD customer service (it is literally impossible to speak to a US-based, English-as-first-language CSR with Comcast) I'm ready to return to DIAL-UP Internet and an Aerial antenna.

I see no future for ESPN, and I'm not sure Walt's legacy copyrights will keep Disney afloat forever given how abysmal are its executives. Not even Heaven could survive such idiotic management.

It's been said that about $38 of your cable bill is sports, whether you want them or not - and the majority of subscribers never watch any.
Disney's still got cash cows, the US and Asian theme parks (Euro Disney's never turned a profit), Pixar movies and, of course, licensing Marvel stuff.
Also, being an entertainment company, Disney was 'converged' long before most others. It's even been claimed Walt himself preferred gay male actors, because (in his lifetime) ''they were more discreet'' and focused on their work without being distracted by the opposite sex.
ESPN's biggest problem is one they're always had, too much time and not enough interesting programming to fill it. So they use SJW sports-related crap to help fill time.

Blogger Student in Blue February 13, 2017 3:09 PM  

@Gapeseed
That's what I thought at first, but Waterboy's explanation sounds more plausible.

Anonymous Passinthough February 13, 2017 4:25 PM  

More evidence for your never talk to the media rule. It has come to light in the Bundy trial that the FBI posed as video production company making a documentary of the Bundy standoff. We can assume that this was a ploy to gather evidence against the Bundys. Someone who has the time and imagination could keep themselves occupied creating a data base of FBI moles who frequent protests.

Blogger Sam Lively February 13, 2017 4:56 PM  

@73

This just isn't true. Walt gave Tommy Kirk, his biggest young star, an unceremonious boot once he found he was sleeping with boys. Promoted Dean Jones because he thought he was a good family man (he wasn't, but he knew how to pretend).

Disney was a powerhouse of conservatism under Walt's reign (watch the Swiss Family Robinson some time - it's from an entirely different moral universe than anything Disney makes today). That's a big reason why it's turn to the left was so radicalizing.

Walt Disney's work represents much of the pre-1965 norm people want to get back to - it was far from converged under his watch.

Anonymous daddynichol February 13, 2017 5:36 PM  

With Disney/ESPN, it's all about the message not the money.

Anonymous WaterBoy February 13, 2017 5:37 PM  

Sam Lively @76: "Walt gave Tommy Kirk, his biggest young star, an unceremonious boot once he found he was sleeping with boys."

While it's true that Disney studios was very conservative back in the day, ol' Walt still wasn't above rehiring Tommy Kirk when it looked like he could make some more money off him.

From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core:

Kirk describes the situation himself: "Even more than MGM, Disney was the most conservative studio in town.... The studio executives were beginning to suspect my homosexuality. Certain people were growing less and less friendly. In 1963, Disney let me go. But Walt asked me to return for the final Merlin Jones movie, The Monkey's Uncle, because the Jones films had been moneymakers for the studio."

The power of money was just as true back then as it is now.

Blogger Sam Lively February 13, 2017 6:51 PM  

@78 True. Didn't mean to hold up Disney as an arbiter of virtue - but I don't think it can be argued that Disney was converged at that point. That it took 20 years after his death for it to fall into the Left's hands when the rest of the studios changed faces almost at the first opportunity is a testament to his force of personality.

Anonymous WaterBoy February 13, 2017 7:51 PM  

I concur.

Anonymous Marvin Boggs February 13, 2017 10:17 PM  

@32: have to disagree. If the game or tv show makes vast sums of money from advertising, I have absolutely no complaint if the players/actors/etc get a large chunk of the pot. That said, I would much rather see people getting out and doing something than see them sit in front of the idiot box watching other people doing things. If government has to spend money on sporting facilities, better they should build lots of local facilities to encourage more people to participate.

Anonymous RedJack February 13, 2017 11:26 PM  

When I was in college, I lost most of my respect for college sports. I met some of the athletes, and realized they had no business in school. For those in Iowa, I was around, and met, Troy Davis. Nice guy. Honestly, he is. He was illiterate. That is why he was at Iowa State. No one wanted to explain who a kid who couldn't read his own name was playing ball.

Anonymous JAG February 14, 2017 1:40 AM  

Somewhat related -

Sperg freak, and the most inexplicably famous youtuber PewDiePie has been dropped by Disney.

http://nymag.com/selectall/2017/02/disney-drops-pewdiepie.html

This is the first thing from this idiot that I find entertaining. His gaming vids make me want to strangle him through my monitor.

I will never understand why he was popular, and made money from his spegout videos. He's not even a good gamer ffs. No speed runs, no world records or world firsts, just him sperging out.

Anonymous JAG February 14, 2017 1:45 AM  

RedJack wrote:When I was in college, I lost most of my respect for college sports. I met some of the athletes, and realized they had no business in school. For those in Iowa, I was around, and met, Troy Davis. Nice guy. Honestly, he is. He was illiterate. That is why he was at Iowa State. No one wanted to explain who a kid who couldn't read his own name was playing ball.

Reminds me of Mo Claiborne. The dude scored a 4 on the Wonderlic. You can score higher than that by writing your name down. When called on it he claimed he scored that low on purpose. Not buying that. The guy can't even read. Been a total bust as a pro too so let it be a lesson to NFL teams. A guy too stupid to break 10 on that test is far too dumb for the NFL.

Blogger Jimmy The Freak February 14, 2017 8:16 AM  

The truth is that Howard Cosell was the downfall of all "sports media". He set the trend. The people nowadays are all either virtue-signaling wannabes or contrarian blowhards. ESPN is just playing out the death spiral.

Blogger Dirk Manly February 14, 2017 9:32 AM  

With regards to Jenner, remember this also -- He's mixed up with the that dispicabe Kardashian clan who have figured out how to monetize attention-whoring. All Jenner ACTUALLY did was allow himself to be photographed in drag for a magazine cover -- he never got snipped and never will. WWI flying ace (several times over) snd Luftwaffe chief Herman Goering was a more serious transvestite than Jenner. Most likely his bank account was running low, and one of the Kardashians, or their shill, Ryan Secrest, suggested that he pretend to be [mentally ill] for just long enough to get some payments from rhe media

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