The Slow Death 💀 of ESPN



  • Turned on sports at top of the hour & whadaya think was the top espn story? Will there be anyone on this team that’s willing to go to the Trumps Whitehouse if they’re invited? Personally I’d rather they just hurry up & croak. FASTER, FASTER !! That sorta reporting is justway too torturing for me.



  • @globaljaybird

    Does this in some way suggest the reputed Deep State is pulling ESPN’s chain, too?

    Good lord, I hope we don’t learn the reputed Deep State launders drug and pedophile monies through Big Sports Gaming!

    It’s bad enough basketball has apparently to be afflicted with time zone and recruiting asymmetries. Surely a sports industry generating billions (trillions?) in gambling and ad revenues would not be a target of the reputed Deep State, would it? 😱

    I don’t want the greatest game ever invented wrapped up in that bottomless black pit!



  • @globaljaybird I can remember back when sports were sports and politics was politics and never the twain would meet. Then Bob Costas went on his rant one night on MNF; ESPN hired that douche Keith Olbermann, and the sports world ain’t been the same since.



  • @brooksmd I swear if the Jayhawks or royals were not on espn i’d not ever turn the flippin channels on. There’s more crap on there than in a Manhattan Kansas rodeo arena.



  • @globaljaybird I quit watching ESPN decades ago. Millions of viewers lost, but the Deep State doesn’t care.



  • @globaljaybird I agree a 100%, politics and sports have no business being reported together. I only watch ESPN when KU plays on that station. I used to watch 30 for 30 and sportscenter all the time. I think its BS to push the liberal propaganda on people and fire anyone who disagrees like Roger Clements. I’m a independent so i really don’t care to hear ether side of the stupidity (both sides got us into the mess we are in and people arent smart enough to realize it). On the positive side they did ask Hank Jr to come back to MNF (was fired for publicly disagreeing with Obama), its just a attempt to get back some conservative viewers that have written them off.



  • Sports and politics have been mixed since Roman politicians bought the masses’ votes with ever more elaborate spectacles in the Colisseum. Refusing to let blacks play professional sports until the 40s: politics. Complaints about Jewish players and owners: politics. Segregation mandating Wilt not stay at the same hotel as the rest of the Jayhawks in the 1957 NCAA tourney in KC: vicious politics. Denying Muhammad Ali a pacifist exemption because he was an outspoken black man: politics. US boycotting 1980 Olympics, and getting boycotted ourselves 4 years later: international politics. Financing ridiculously expensive stadiums so that rich owners can get even more revenue: politics run amuck, and, in Atlanta, more than a little corruption. Even now, baseball putting on patriotic displays actually financed secretly by the Pentagon: that is politics, too.

    Forget whether you agree or disagree with any particular viewpoint involved in these examples, because that is not my point. Just remember that any public activity that attracts the attention of hundreds of millions of readers, viewers, and fans is going to inevitably be something that lends itself as a forum to someone wanting to make a point about something.

    A President inviting a championship team to the White House has always been about politics–no President can resist the feel-good photo opportunity of hangin’ with the winners. I recall athletes declining invitations based on political views when Obama was president–no reason to be so disgusted when it goes against someone you might like. It is just par for the course. Politics and sports, always marching together hoping to catch the public’s attention.



  • mayjay said:

    Sports and politics have been mixed since Roman politicians bought the masses’ votes with ever more elaborate spectacles in the Colisseum. Refusing to let blacks play professional sports until the 40s: politics. Complaints about Jewish players and owners: politics. Segregation mandating Wilt not stay at the same hotel as the rest of the Jayhawks in the 1957 NCAA tourney in KC: vicious politics. Denying Muhammad Ali a pacifist exemption because he was an outspoken black man: politics. US boycotting 1980 Olympics, and getting boycotted ourselves 4 years later: international politics. Financing ridiculously expensive stadiums so that rich owners can get even more revenue: politics run amuck, and, in Atlanta, more than a little corruption. Even now, baseball putting on patriotic displays actually financed secretly by the Pentagon: that is politics, too.

    Forget whether you agree or disagree with any particular viewpoint involved in these examples, because that is not my point. Just remember that any public activity that attracts the attention of hundreds of millions of readers, viewers, and fans is going to inevitably be something that lends itself as a forum to someone wanting to make a point about something.

    A President inviting a championship team to the White House has always been about politics–no President can resist the feel-good photo opportunity of hangin’ with the winners. I recall athletes declining invitations based on political views when Obama was president–no reason to be so disgusted when it goes against someone you might like. It is just par for the course. Politics and sports, always marching together hoping to catch the public’s attention.

    You are correct. Sports and politics have gone hand in hand.

    But, I think @brooksmd is trying to say, when you are viewing sports, it should be a time we can just all come together and enjoy what is happening. Viewing sports has changed, there is no denying that. There is talk of politics during almost every single broadcast now. And that is what is bothersome. Watching sports was an escape from everything for 2 and a half hours. Now, its not near the escape it was even 10 years ago.



  • @Kcmatt7 I understand that. I just remember the sports news being more mixed. But I agree it has always set people off. Sports Illustrated always has gotten raked for reporting on any athletes activism.

    The events themselves certainly see more. I blame Howard Cosell and the three man booth. And everyone’s desperate need in a game to make sure no silence goes unpunished.



  • ESPN is simply another propaganda tool used by same side that uses every media organ available to spread their narrative.



  • In these atheistic times, have we satisfied our human need to believe in omniscient omnipresent beings by believing in Deep State?



  • @KUSTEVE Is there a side that doesn’t try to spread their dogma? Remember John Birch Society bookstores?



  • @mayjay That was before my time. I did write a very unfavorable paper on the JBS in high school.



  • @globaljaybird

    Politics today are so toxic… but so profitable for tv… especially a gift to cable tv.

    Politics is cocaine for tv marketing wonks.

    Sports on tv is also a diversion away from politics… but I still expect some politics to continue to leak into sports media.



  • jaybate 1.0 said:

    I don’t want the greatest game ever invented wrapped up in that bottomless black pit!

    I agree… I think. Not sure exactly what your definition of the “bottomless black pit” is… but for me, it is politics in general.

    Politics has been a big negative tool that tears friends and family apart. It just isn’t worth it.

    I hope we can limit the politics in here because I would hate to see our Jayhawk relationships shattered because of politics.

    My wife is from Serbia. Left Serbia as a child because of the war. Neighbors killing neighbors.

    America has the reputation of “re-inventing” the wheel on everything. We just don’t study what happens outside of America to learn lessons the “easy way.” But I wish more Americans would look back at the history of the former Yugoslavia and realize where the real threat is to America. It sure as heck isn’t from Muslim extremists or undocumented workers. The threat is from within us.

    Maybe the world’s big answer is to convert 10 billion people to become Jayhawk fans!

    Peace, love and brother/sisterhood… my fellow Jayhawks!

    RCJH!



  • @mayjay …and Barry (Barely) Goldwater ?!!



  • jaybate 1.0 said:

    @globaljaybird

    Does this in some way suggest the reputed Deep State is pulling ESPN’s chain, too?

    Good lord, I hope we don’t learn the reputed Deep State launders drug and pedophile monies through Big Sports Gaming!

    It’s bad enough basketball has apparently to be afflicted with time zone and recruiting asymmetries. Surely a sports industry generating billions (trillions?) in gambling and ad revenues would not be a target of the reputed Deep State, would it? 😱

    I don’t want the greatest game ever invented wrapped up in that bottomless black pit!

    AMEN !



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  • @wrwlumpy leave it to that guy to misspell coffee, shamelessly hawk the misspelling as an internet meme, then misuse the newly coined misspelled noun as an adjective. What a “genius” :frowning:



  • I cut the cord this Spring. No more $ to support the freeloading garbage channels including ESPN. Will have to figure out how to watch Jayhawks games come Fall/Winter.


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