Posts tagged #Television Sports

Great Again: ESPN Decides To Avoid Going Broke With Woke Politics

ESPN’s new president Jimmy Pitaro has decided the sports network will no longer be woke so the channel can avoid going broke.

In an interview with the LA Times, Pitaro said their data shows fans of the “Worldwide leader in sports” do not want them to cover sports.

Imagine that. Sports fans don’t want politics on ESPN. Groundbreaking. What took them so long to realize this?

Maybe it was the declining ratings that made the light bulb finally go off?

Moving away from politics on ESPN is the right move, and I’m glad to see the channel is moving in that direction.

Americans watch sports to escape from politics and to relax. No one wants to know what the political viewpoints are of “SportsCenter” anchors or talk show hosts. People just want to know how their favorite team is doing.

With more viewers cutting the cord from cable, I’m glad to see ESPN is on the path to greatness again and maybe even bring some viewers back.

I loved watching the sports channel, but I got tired of hearing politics, and it’s not because they don’t share my politics. I don’t want even to hear my own politics on the channel. I just want to listen to sports talk and get away from the world of politics. It’s good for your mental health.

Hopefully, ESPN will continue down this path of becoming just a sports channel again and the era of WokeCenter as Clay Travis calls it, is in the rear view mirror.

MAKE ESPN GREAT AGAIN!

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of A Whittle Bit of Commentary. Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

The XFL Could Be The League That Makes Spring Football Work

Vince McMahon's spring football league the XFL announced the broadcast partners for the inaugural season next February. The opening weekend games will air on ABC and FOX with other games airing on ESPN and FS1.

This is a huge deal for a startup league to sign broadcast agreements with not only one but two broadcast networks plus ESPN and FOX Sports 1.

The original XFL games in the early 2000s aired on NBC and UPN (May it rest in peace).

The Alliance of American Football's (AAF) biggest problem was no one knew when the games were on or where fans could watch the action. Each week the games aired at different times on different days on small networks like CBS Sports Network, NFL Network and sometimes on the Bleacher Report app.

Most Americans don't receive the CBS Sports Network in their cable package. If they do, no one knows how to find it on their channel lineup.

The XFL 2.0 is more organized with better leadership than the first time around. McMahon has taken his time and not just thrown it together like he did the first time around.

Only McMahon could've pulled off the TV deal the XFL just signed. No one else has the influence to pulled that off.

Of course, only time will tell if the XFL can find a TV audience and grow a fan base. However, no other spring league has ever pulled off a massive TV contract like the XFL did today. If you want to develop an audience, you have to be on big networks, which the AAF learned quickly. Otherwise, you just become a footnote on the failed football leagues page on Wikipedia.

The XFL has the best chance ever of any spring league startup to actually make spring football work.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.