Not that I care. I haven’t watched ESPN in years. I quit watching the NFL channel basically for the same reason. I cannot stand the “ghetto-ization” of the commentary. Yes, blacks dominate the sport, but the fans are from all parts of the country. Yet, somewhere in the midst of the interviews and commentary we subjected to HOURS of giggling, hand slapping, inside the ghetto comments that simply don’t do anyone any good or advance the story about the game. If one of the players does something immature or stupid they are excused by the hosts because they suffer some kind of abuse for being black. Which leads to us getting hit with the silly BLM issues. After a while no sport I’m trying to follow is worth all that and the channel is turned.
After news broke this week that cable sports network ESPN was firing 100 writers, reporters, and some on-air staffers, nearly everyone in sports media had a take on why it happened. But, could ESPN’s firings be just the start of a growing problem for the entire industry as the “sports bubble” begins to burst across the world of sports broadcasting?
The whole idea of a coming sports bubble was raised by TV answer man Phillip Swann, who writes on current trends in TV. Swann insists that ESPN may not be the only network to experience significant restructuring due to financial losses.
In his analysis, Swann notes that much of the trouble at ESPN is the “cord cutting” indulged by former customers, because subscribing to sports channels has become prohibitively expensive for the average person.
About five years ago, Swann noted, cable carriers began to cut their once-automatic habit of including multiple sports channels in cable packages. It started because “the channels began raising their fees to unprecedented levels to offset the huge contracts they signed for the rights to broadcast the games,” he said.
“Pay TV operators concluded that the escalating fees would soon dent their profit lines and they began to say no,” Swann wrote. “Compounding the pressure on the pay TV ops was the need to raise subscriber fees to make up for the higher carriage costs. Customers started to howl over the annual bill hikes, and that led to talk that they would drop their pay TV service, a practice known as cord-cutting.”
Swann went on to give more examples of cable providers backing away from the ever-increasing costs of sports packages on cable, and added that this bubble could eventually affect every sports channel.
“Pay TV operators can’t afford to keep raising their monthly subscriber fees, and the only way they can stop doing it is stop paying excessive carriage fees,” he wrote.
“And eventually,” Swann concluded, “as sports channels are forced to reduce their internal spending, they will also be forced to reduce their spending on the rights to air games and that will eventually force the leagues and teams to tighten their belts.”
But, if this trend in sports TV broadcasting continues, the financial strain won’t just be relegated to sports broadcasters. This bubble could very well spread and burst across cities that spend — and some contend waste — tax dollars on stadiums. These costs could even cascade to the unseemly amount of money teams already charge at ballpark gates.
Oh well. The professional sports market decided to follow the PC culture right into the crap hole. Eventually, they will realize they made a mistake chasing a small but vocal segment of society and ignoring the larger portion who love sports for sports without seeing race or agenda or polticial correctness.
Or they won’t. And go out of business.
The National Association of Black Journalists 2013 Convention wasn’t all Kumbaya. Despite the fact that emotions are still high and this meeting of professionals was held a half-hour from where Trayvon Martin was slain by George Zimmerman, ESPN “Numbers Never Lie” co-host Hugh Douglas, 42, allegedly threatened violence on a fellow brother, his colleague Michael Smith, 33, during a drunken rage.
He hurled racial slurs at him calling him an “Uncle Tom” and “house n***.” He even, reportedly, grabbed his co-worker and threatened to beat him up while attending a Sports Task Force party at the House of Blues because Smith cautioned him about speaking to a group of journalists while he was inebriated. A former jock, a 6 foot 2, 280-pound Douglas played defensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles and is also an NFL analyst for ESPN.
Either way, I am good.