And she’s right. This is a follow-up to this story: ESPN is laying off 100 employees, including some of its biggest names
If those who feel that the reason ESPN is sliding off the cliff is their insistence for waxing political while ignoring sports needed ammunition, they’ve got it now: a famed ESPN host who has served the network for 25 years agrees with them.
On Thursday, SportsCenter anchor Linda Cohn admitted that the huge staff reductions announced this week are a result of the network’s penchant for broadcasting politics instead of sports.
Appearing on 77 WABC’s Bernie and Sid Show, Cohn said one reason for the cutbacks was the political nature of the network’s programming. She stated, “That is definitely a percentage of it. I don’t know how big a percentage, but if anyone wants to ignore that fact, they’re blind.”
When asked if ESPN’s coverage of athletes such as Colin Kaepernick and Caitlyn Jenner was a factor in the network’s plunge, Cohn agreed. The issue of Jenner’s 2015 ESPY Arthur Ashe Award surfaced, raising the question of why Jenner was chosen instead of basketball player Lauren Hill from Mount St. Joseph University, who battled cancer before dying three months before the ESPY ceremony and was honored with the cover of Wheaties cereal before she died, or marathoner Noah Galloway — who lost an arm and a leg in the Iraq War.
2017 is the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson and 20th anniversary of Tiger Woods winning the Masters golf tournament for the first time. Both athletes received criticism that they didn’t speak up more about injustice. Michael Jordan also received that criticism. I’ve never liked that. They were seen achieving by millions. Watching sports on TV is being at the stadium. Don’t go to Dixie Chicks concert to be lectured. Lady Gaga understands. Difference between reporting that Kaepernick is kneeling during National Anthem and haranguing about what it means. I respect Ali’s political stand against war by not going into military, but I don’t hold that as a bar for athletes. I also greatly respect those that join military because of ongoing war, Pat Tillman. Wonder what Rush thinks. He lost his ESPN TV show in 2003 because he stated that a quarterback was praised more than he deserved because he was Black. I didn’t agree with Rush’s view, but I didn’t think it was racist to bring up that there may be an evaluation bias. But you couldn’t bring up an anti-view and he had to go. Chickens. Roost.
Because of their arrogance, they were duped into paying for all the rights to broadcast College Football for every single no talent, low level, backwoods, podunk, blue field team in America. And had to hire all the technical support and ‘talent’ to broadcast them. Oops…
posted 4/28 948pm Texas[Hail Mary]Time
Anonymous author in The Federalist, writes about other reasons causing ESPN to lay off workers. Linked by Breitbart. One reason is Ocare. ESPN used to use many independent contractors. Ocare said that was illegal and they were really employees. To avoid fines, ESPN hired the indie contractors which made them Union employees and carried additional costs. Wonder if any of the laid off staff realize that they just lost their job and health ins. because of law to expand health care.