Due to trashing its sportscasts with leftist politics, ESPN has lost 555,000 subscribers during the last month, and 11 million in just three years!
By Peyton H Kane @host_world 11/30/16
In 2013, a mere three years ago, ESPN had 99 million subscribers. That’s right, in the last three years, ESPN lost somewhere in the neighborhood of ten million subscribers, the rough equivalent of the combined populations of New York City and Phoenix.
ESPN loses million subscribers in 2 months. Nobody wants liberal politics with their leisure sports viewing. Cut the cable slow bleed.
— John Korns (@wuxiyuehan) November 30, 2016
It means ESPN has lost hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue over the last three years alone and if the trend continues, is well on its way to collapse.
Certainly, the cord-cutting phenomenon that has hit networks across cable television has a definite impact on ESPN. Though, that’s not the entire explanation for the network’s cratering subscriber base. ESPN Ombudsman Jim Brady even admits that the network lurched way too far to the left in recent years, alienating many viewers.
ESPN used to be about sports, but the self-important sports journalists who barely made it through journalism school and always had delusions of grandeur about the profession they chose can’t wait to inject controversial political, racial or “lifestyle” issues into their work whenever they have the chance.
The dirty little secret is that most sports journalists are just as left-leaning as their counterparts in the “real” newsroom. They went to the same “J Schools” and they vote for the same party.
There’s a reason why two of President Obama’s favorite golf buddies are Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon, both of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption,” and both former Washington Post journalists.
ESPN loves to throw money at political documentaries that focus on gun violence and race. The network loves tackling “important” issues on its “Between the Lines” program where the topic usually involves the latest politically correct issue in the sports world.
ESPN’s slate of Obama worshiping radically leftist programs such as Around the Horn, First Take, Pardon the Interruption, His & Hers, and others all appear on ESPN or ESPN2, the channels which have seen the greatest decline.
ESPN has also done its fair share of race-baiting through the constant coverage of the complete and total non-story revolving around the Washington Redskins name.
It’s become an enormous part of the network’s programming. They devote hours of reporting and discussion to the “important issues” in the sports world, and less and less time covering the actual sports of the day.
It’s too bad. It didn’t used to be this way. ESPN used to be a sports network that covered sports and wasn’t a delivery system for the social and political message of the day. But, that’s what it’s become.
We’ve had to suffer through Beyonce and her Black Lives Matters demonstrations and of course the gut-wrenchingly self righteous leftist commentator Keith Olbermann, who is such an Obama brown nosing hack that he has been fired three times from various TV jobs, including form MSNBC, the most left wing of all networks!
Sports is supposed to be an escape. It’s a diversion. It’s a release from the day-to-day issues we face individually and as a nation. We need that escape.
My advice to @espn stop injecting your politics into sports, no one wants to here it. Just report on SPORTS, only!!!
— the big fellow (@borderfox116) November 30, 2016
But covering a “game” and a “diversion” isn’t sexy and it doesn’t feed the self-important egos of a Journalist (with a capital “J”). It also doesn’t make a producer or network executive feel very special when they go to a Manhattan cocktail party with all their colleagues who work in television news.
ESPNU, ESPNEWS, and the SEC Network primarily feature sporting events, simulcast radio shows, or straight news reporting with very little opinion, or, at least very little political opinion. Those channels have either marginally declined or stayed flat.