Over the past few years, EPSN which is the nation’s largest 24/7 sports channel has made headlines for alienating conservatives. Many viewers have also complained that there has been too much politics added to the content rather than just sports. Breitbart News reported what happened when Sean Davis journalist and co-founder of TheFederalist.com investigated why ESPN is losing 10,000 viewers a day.
Sean Davis, active Twitter user and co-founder of TheFederalist.com took a poignant screen shot of ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” video archive page which reveals just how little sports seems to be on the sports network. Here is what Breitbart reported:
Of the seven videos that appeared at the top of ESPN’s archive listings, only two could be fairly termed a sports story with all the rest strictly political coverage.
The first story covers Florida Senator Marco Rubio talking about a bill addressing Obamacare. Following that were two stories featuring ESPN columnist Jayson Stark attacking Major League Baseball for refusing to wallow in left-wing social activism. Then another exploring the anguish of a transgender wrestler who is being accused of beating girls even though she is pumped full of steroids and testosterone, which was followed by a discussion of public opinion of transgender “rights.”
Out of the seven shown in the tweet only the story about the problems among members of the family that owns the L.A. Lakers and the story on girls from USA Gymnastics talking of sexual abuse by coaches even approach actual sports reporting — and even those are not strictly sports stories.
The tweet about the program archive highlights complaints from viewers that the network has become far too political. The grousing from fans grew loud enough for ESPN’s ombudsman, Jim Brady, to make a furtive attempt to address the complaints in a November piece exploring the network’s seeming bias against conservative political views.
In the face of the obvious recognition that fans are getting tired of all the politics at ESPN, though, Brady concluded that there is no problem with the network’s programming. Despite Brady’s self-serving conclusion, though, the network is still losing millions annually.
The only property that Disney owns that is not profitable is ESPN. When a network neglects a large portion of the audience it’s no wonder they lose millions. Liberals infected ESPN to try to shape people’s opinions and all they’ve done is run it into the ground.