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ESPN to lay off 100 on air talent.

Came as a big surprise to most of them. Boy, they must really be in trouble. Is this Disney?

by Anonymousreply 137May 1, 2017 3:43 PM

OP, there's a boycott against ESPN

Have been for months

by Anonymousreply 1April 26, 2017 7:30 PM

What's the boycott about?

by Anonymousreply 2April 26, 2017 7:31 PM

Forgot link to Wash Post article. I think most knew something was coming but not such a bloodbath?

What is the boycott about?

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by Anonymousreply 3April 26, 2017 7:32 PM

Lots of people want to blame a boycott, but the reality is TV ratings have been trending down across the board for everything.

by Anonymousreply 4April 26, 2017 7:33 PM

List of those laid off here.

Burn it down. I despise ESPN. $9 a month extorted from me every month for a group of channels I never watch for even a second.

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by Anonymousreply 5April 26, 2017 7:33 PM

ESPN was a reliable cash cow until cord cutting upended the cable industry. Rumor has it that Disney is looking to offload it.

by Anonymousreply 6April 26, 2017 7:35 PM

ESPN went full SJW

Their viewers, the majority being conservative, decided to boycott. It worked

by Anonymousreply 7April 26, 2017 7:37 PM

just check #BoycottESPN on Twitter to get all the answers

by Anonymousreply 8April 26, 2017 7:38 PM

The viewers didn't like that QB taking a knee during thr natl anthem, nor the support ESPN showed for him? Or something?

by Anonymousreply 9April 26, 2017 7:39 PM

They caved on behalf of the NFL. Not sure how many viewers were aware of that though.

by Anonymousreply 10April 26, 2017 7:40 PM

They lost 12 million subscribers

by Anonymousreply 11April 26, 2017 7:41 PM

Or maybe, just maybe r7 , it is endemic of the fact that a lower percentage of people in the US pay for and watch live TV

[quote] Traditional TV viewership declined more than 10% in the United States, according to a new research report from Accenture. The report, Digital Video and the Connected Consumer, developed for communications, media and technology companies, found that video consumption, anytime, anywhere, has become mainstream, accelerating the decline of traditional TV viewing.Viewership for long form video content, such as movies and television on a TV screen has declined by 13% globally over the past year, and by 11% in the United States. Similarly, the report found sports viewership on TV screens declined by 10% globally and nine percent in the United States. Television was the only product category to see uniform, double-digit usage declines across different types of media worldwide among viewers of nearly all ages. It is rapidly being replaced as consumers turn to a combination of laptops, desktops, tablets and smartphones to view video content.

[quote]Nearly all age brackets reported double-digit declines in TV viewing globally, with 14- to 17-year-olds abandoning the TV screen at the rate of 33% for movies and television shows and 26% for sporting events. This decline continues for 18- to 34-year-olds at 14% for movies and television shows and 12% for sporting events, and for 35- to 54-year-olds, at 11 and nine percent, respectively. It does, however, flatten among the 55 and older crowd, at six percent and one percent respectively.

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by Anonymousreply 12April 26, 2017 7:41 PM

Do we really have idiots trying to blame SJWs for this when TV is losing in general?

by Anonymousreply 13April 26, 2017 7:43 PM

R13 there's a boycott against ESPN

Have been for a long time

You've been living under a rock

by Anonymousreply 14April 26, 2017 7:45 PM

But why ESPN in particular laying off 100 on-air people then r13?

by Anonymousreply 15April 26, 2017 7:45 PM

Oh surprise surprise. I blocked R14 and look what came up

ESPN to lay off 100 on air talent.

OP, there's a boycott against ESPN

Have been for months

ESPN to lay off 100 on air talent.

ESPN went full SJW

Their viewers, the majority being conservative, decided to boycott. It worked

ESPN to lay off 100 on air talent.

just check #BoycottESPN on Twitter to get all the answers

ESPN to lay off 100 on air talent.

They lost 12 million subscribers

ESPN to lay off 100 on air talent.

R13 there's a boycott against ESPN

Have been for a long time

You've been living under a rock

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by Anonymousreply 16April 26, 2017 7:47 PM

I barely watch the stupid sports channels, but whenever it's on the TVs at the gym, there are already about seven men sitting at a desk just yammering away.

No sport needs that many commentators, or taters!

by Anonymousreply 17April 26, 2017 7:49 PM

Wow! Amazing R16

Do you think I'm you've discovered anything important?

I've known about the boycott since ESPN fired Mike Ditka

by Anonymousreply 18April 26, 2017 7:50 PM

Lol r16, yeah I did the same thing and didn't see a single post that wasn't about pushing the right-wing message. Typical.

by Anonymousreply 19April 26, 2017 7:50 PM

Well, if it's true that "SJWs" are the reason, then no surprise that a bunch of conservative douchebags have a bigger issue with a silent protest than the NFL protecting wife-beaters, rapists and drug addicts.

by Anonymousreply 20April 26, 2017 7:53 PM

[quote]They lost 12 million subscribers

You realize in America it bundle packages right? You don't subscribe to individual channels. " Losing subscribers" means less people are paying for cable packages, every channel in the cable bundle "loses subscribers" when someone stops paying for cable.

by Anonymousreply 21April 26, 2017 7:53 PM

I wish show biz ppl would stop calling it "talent". Annoying, and highly optimistic. Go with staff. Much better.

by Anonymousreply 22April 26, 2017 8:16 PM

A combination of things but going full SJW and forgetting your demographic couldn't have helped.

by Anonymousreply 23April 26, 2017 10:07 PM

They kept that very annoying Stephen Smith!

by Anonymousreply 24April 26, 2017 10:29 PM

Mike Freeman : If you are one of the dirtbags reveling in ESPN's layoffs, go to hell in a hand basket you pathetic piece of garbage.

but he once said...

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by Anonymousreply 25April 26, 2017 10:30 PM


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by Anonymousreply 26April 26, 2017 10:30 PM

R13 is right. TV sucks.

by Anonymousreply 27April 26, 2017 10:31 PM

this didn't help

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by Anonymousreply 28April 26, 2017 10:38 PM

God, Americans are so insecure. One dude decides to kneel (it's not like he was picking his nose or scratching his balls) and OH MYGODAMERICA@!!! Will we ever grow up?

by Anonymousreply 29April 26, 2017 11:26 PM

R29 hmm...they supported and celebrated Colin

by Anonymousreply 30April 26, 2017 11:29 PM

Most Americans are jingoistic sheep.

by Anonymousreply 31April 26, 2017 11:41 PM

Did they sack those two fat screeching queens kornheiser & Wilson?

by Anonymousreply 32April 26, 2017 11:46 PM

People are dropping cable like crazy, so this is no surprise.

But ESPN really did alienate much of its audience by becoming overly preachy and self-righteous. When you are a business, you should know your demographic and be kind to them. The irony is, most of the despised "talent" will probably weather the cuts.

by Anonymousreply 33April 26, 2017 11:48 PM

Irony is delicious! Disney is the best when it comes to opening people's minds to other perspectives without pissing them off.

And ESPN is the worst.

by Anonymousreply 34April 26, 2017 11:50 PM

I couldn't really give a shit about the channel. Well not since Jr. High when they played Aussie League Football around the clock. I only like hockey and I have the NHL channel so who gives a shit. However, I have followed this story with some interest. I can't blame sports fans for wanting to boycott it. If I tuned in for some escapist sports and had to listen to the shit they were selling I would have boycotted it too. I mean a game would be going on and the SJW shit they'd be talking about and tweeting about was unbelievable for a sports network. Same when they would be interviewing the athletes too.

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by Anonymousreply 35April 26, 2017 11:57 PM

Yeah... it's much more than just kaepernick

They all think they are Woodward & Bernstein flushing out the next watergate

by Anonymousreply 36April 27, 2017 12:00 AM

Cable is on its way out. Too much crap for too much money.

by Anonymousreply 37April 27, 2017 12:07 AM

So what are people watching? Netflix? Hulu?

by Anonymousreply 38April 27, 2017 12:25 AM

I have Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. My Amazon is free through work. I hardly watch it because their interface is shit. I find I watch more movies on Netflix and more TV on Hulu. Then there's a lot of other sources. Truth be told I could probably find all I need to entertain me on YouTube.

by Anonymousreply 39April 27, 2017 12:27 AM

Most of the posts on this thread are crazy.

ESPN laid off about 350 people in 2015 and that also had nothing to do with Trump or Kaepernick. It's all about Disney wanting bigger profits.

by Anonymousreply 40April 27, 2017 12:27 AM

[quote] God, Americans are so insecure. One dude decides to kneel (it's not like he was picking his nose or scratching his balls) and OH MYGODAMERICA@!!! Will we ever grow up?

Conservatives are triggered very easily outside of the confines of their Fox "News"/Right wing talk bull shit radio safe spaces. They must remain saturated in bigotry and ignorance 24 hrs a day or all hell breaks loose.

by Anonymousreply 41April 27, 2017 12:48 AM

Not all of those are "on air talent" some were just writers.

by Anonymousreply 42April 27, 2017 12:49 AM

ESPN had a product that lots of people wanted, at one point. But they had lots of ideas about how the world was supposed to be that they force-fed to people who only wanted the product. The disrespect for the preferences of their audience generated contempt for "Leftist Elites" which the media downplayed for obvious reasons.

Amusingly, they seem to be firing the rank-and-file and expanding the duties of the chief offenders.

by Anonymousreply 43April 27, 2017 1:00 AM

I hope they leave ESPN 8 ("The Ocho!") alone!

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by Anonymousreply 44April 27, 2017 3:11 AM

This is the shit that ESPN is made of. I don't blame anyone for tuning out and dropping it. Yes I know that's not the only reason but it certainly hasn't helped.

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by Anonymousreply 45April 27, 2017 4:24 AM

I mean really.

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by Anonymousreply 46April 27, 2017 4:25 AM

ESPN article...

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by Anonymousreply 47April 27, 2017 4:28 AM
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by Anonymousreply 48April 27, 2017 4:32 AM

The ex-jocks will have to go back to escorting (body worship ONLY, though).

by Anonymousreply 49April 27, 2017 4:41 AM

It's obvious now that the people who work behind the scenes at ESPN hate sports or sports culture

This happens all the time

by Anonymousreply 50April 27, 2017 4:44 AM

Instead of just focusing on just sports, ESPEN IS focusing on being pro-gay, pro-diversitry, anti-racism, and anti-American and everyone boycotted. You reap what you sew. Serves them right.

by Anonymousreply 51April 27, 2017 4:59 AM

Waaaaaah! Waaaaaah! SJWs are beating our asses! Waaaaaaaaaah!

God, conservatives are whiny little cunts.

Just shows you what delicate little flowers macho shits turn out to be when push comes to shove.

by Anonymousreply 52April 27, 2017 5:04 AM

This is a gay forum. That is the fundamental purpose.

R51 just used being supportive of us gay people as a negative thing.

This dumbas trolls are working their ass off to ruin a board that has stood for 22 years and no one is stopping it.

by Anonymousreply 53April 27, 2017 5:09 AM

Personally I boycott simply as a consequence of never watching sports, period. But I certainly can appreciate the viewpoint of those viewers who felt Cait's " Arthur Ashe Courage Award" and similar reports and commentary were farcical and in your face.

Gotta keep your customers satisfied.

by Anonymousreply 54April 27, 2017 5:09 AM

[quote]ESPEN IS focusing on being pro-gay, pro-diversitry, anti-racism, and anti-American and everyone boycotted. You reap what you sew. Serves them right.

Things are so fucking bad on DL right now that no one even knows it's a gay board anymore.

Just look at this motherfucker saying that "ESPEN" (sic) deserves to suffer financially for being pro-gay, which he claims is the same as anti-American.

Way to go, DL. You're now a full-blown rightwing nutjob forum full of homophobes. Well done.

by Anonymousreply 55April 27, 2017 5:16 AM

They needed to cut down on all their talking heads anyway, if I was them I would have fired more people. Do they really need all this on air talent, show more sports and less opinion. All you Trumpies talking about boycott can shove it your ass, this is about cord cutting and bad programming.

by Anonymousreply 56April 27, 2017 5:17 AM

[quote]All you Trumpies talking about boycott can shove it your ass, this is about cord cutting and bad programming.

And about trying to shove the gays, trannies, and unpatriotic kneelers down our throats. We just want sports!⚽️🏀🏈⚾️🥊🤼‍♂️🤽🏻‍♂️🏊🏻🤸🏻‍♂️🤾🏻‍♂️⛹🏼⛸🏏

by Anonymousreply 57April 27, 2017 5:24 AM

After being hugely profitable (and bloated), ESPN started losing viewers and ad dollars maybe six years ago, and it had to start cutting support staff. It wasn't too hard, because there were too many people working there. But now it's cutting on-air talent, which is a sign of how bad things are. It has plenty to do with cord-cutting and the fact that the younger audience can get all the scores and highlights it wants via smartphone. They haven't figured out how to bring younger viewers back without alienating the old angry white man demographic. I don't think there's a solution.

by Anonymousreply 58April 27, 2017 5:36 AM

I'm against the theft that ESPN engages in by requiring that ESPN be mandatory as the largest single chunk of everyone's cable bill. On top of that, the money that ESPN pays for broadcast rights then goes to super rich athletes and franchise owners. I want to see the whole structure brought down.

by Anonymousreply 59April 27, 2017 5:43 AM

The likelihood of a troll posting far-right, anti-gay jibberish about 'ESPEN' from Putinville could be a huge...bigley.

by Anonymousreply 60April 27, 2017 5:47 AM

[quote] They haven't figured out how to bring younger viewers back without alienating the old angry white man demographic. I don't think there's a solution.

How about doing what was done before the era of cable - two commentators max, spend 5 minutes introducing the game, what's at stake, introducing the starting pitchers, quarterbacks, goalies, etc...then SHUT THE FUCK UP and let the game begin. Why we need three hour pre-game shows and sideline bitches blabbering on is incomprehensible. Fire them all. Sports fans just want the game. Simple!

by Anonymousreply 61April 27, 2017 5:57 AM

ESPN's layoffs have nearly nothing to do with any so-called boycott. It's simple really -- people are dropping cable packages in droves. ESPN made a significant portion of their revenue from these cable packages -- $7-8/month per cable household. (Which is well over twice the amount any other cable content provider receives.) That income is quickly slipping away.

On the other end, ESPN is paying increasingly large sums of money to professional sports leagues for the right to broadcast their games. These fees have become outrageously high, and the company seems unable (or perhaps unwilling) to control these costs.

Declining income + increasing costs = financial trouble.

by Anonymousreply 62April 27, 2017 6:01 AM

The real tragedy here is that r51 said, "You reap what you sew" and no one said a word about it. RIP Jonathan Demme and datalounge.

by Anonymousreply 63April 27, 2017 6:57 AM

I think where I live espn adds close to $20 to the cable bill.

by Anonymousreply 64April 27, 2017 7:02 AM

I loved the stuff they used to carry before they had any money for the "real" sports. AFL, ice dancing, aerobic competitions, the lumber jack competition, lots of hot hot hot college baseball, figure skating galore.....

by Anonymousreply 65April 27, 2017 11:12 AM

R40 is correct. Sports fans are shallow and won't unsubscribe because of a football player taking a knee.

by Anonymousreply 66April 27, 2017 11:44 AM

Bad news about Andy Katz but oh the delicious schadenfreude of Britt McHenry finally getting cut!

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by Anonymousreply 67April 27, 2017 10:35 PM

Who pays for cable anymore?

I'll tell you who

Charlie Nobody

by Anonymousreply 68April 27, 2017 11:52 PM

Aren't there something like 100 ESPN channels?

We cut cable a while back. Tired of paying too much to see channels we didn't want.

by Anonymousreply 69April 27, 2017 11:56 PM

I kept a large cable selection for a while for a few obscure shows I liked. One of them was the original Jap Ninja Warrior. I loved there version. Harder if you can actually believe it and when they lost boy did they feel their shame.

by Anonymousreply 70April 27, 2017 11:59 PM

ESPN and "talent" don't really belong in the same sentence.

by Anonymousreply 71April 28, 2017 12:01 AM

ESPN had two big stories laid in their lap. First, the lies the NFL told about Tom Brady and the inflated footballs that were not deflated. ( One was slightly; not 11 out of 12. ) And secondly the concussion report. Which ESPN pretty much didn't touch. Basically, ESPN was no longer reporting NFL, they were enabling the NFL. They became timid about everything. A few lone reporters tried but then their air time would decrease.

by Anonymousreply 72April 28, 2017 12:03 AM

When I still had it to watch the NHL, before they cut way back on their hockey coverage, they had THE BEST hockey coverage and commentators in the history of the game. Barry Melorse was the best commentator on any sport ever. The guy was a fucking trip and knew his shit inside and out. He never showed up unprepared and never just phoned it in.

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by Anonymousreply 73April 28, 2017 12:06 AM

[quote]The ex-jocks will have to go back to escorting (body worship ONLY, though).

[quote]—Jay "J.C." Crawford

If Jay Crawford was an escort, I'd be first, second, and third in line. Sexy as hell.

by Anonymousreply 74April 28, 2017 9:07 AM

According to ‘SportsCenter’ Anchor Linda Cohn:

You may think ESPN has been firing a bunch of people due lately due TV rights deals and an overburdened budget, but popular “SportsCenter” anchor Linda Cohn suggested it has a lot more to do with politics.

The Worldwide leader in sports is not only losing subscriber revenue because of cord-cutting, but also because viewers are increasingly turned off by ESPN inserting politics into every single one of its sports coverage.

“That is definitely a percentage of it,” Cohn said Thursday on 77 WABC’s “Bernie and Sid” show when asked whether certain social or political stances contributed to the stupor that resulted in roughly 100 employees getting the ax this week. “I don’t know how big a percentage, but if anyone wants to ignore that fact, they’re blind.”

Cohn agreed with that certain sports fans may have strongly disagreed of the way ESPN covered polarizing figures such as Roger Goodell, former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and Caitlyn Jenner. Cohn attributed that turn-off for ESPN to any examples including the 2015 ESPYs, when Jenner, a former Olympic champion in the decathlon, won the prestigious Arthur Ashe Award for Courage for publicly coming out as a transgender woman. The constant coverage of 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick being shown on TV kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem was a huge hit for the network.

“You know, when you work for a big company, you have to follow in line, you have to pay the bills,” she said. “But you just kind of look in the mirror and do what you think is right no matter what else is going on around you. And that’s what I always tried to do.”

The layoffs for ESPN is expected to be in the near 100′s and more shall go once the NFL draft is over.

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by Anonymousreply 75April 28, 2017 7:06 PM

Everyone has become accustomed to having to make a choice.

Often, it's not a choice and both can be true.

It's seems like common sense that both chord cutting AND political backlash contributed to the massive dip in revenue...

by Anonymousreply 76April 28, 2017 7:10 PM

boycotts don't work, ask chick fli a and starbucks

by Anonymousreply 77April 28, 2017 7:15 PM

Some boycotts work, some don't.

Sounds like the ESPN and Target boycotts did.

by Anonymousreply 78April 28, 2017 7:20 PM

You provide no evidence that they did r78 Target sucks in general and cord cutting is a huge problem for networks. What crucial evidence do you have that we should ignore those and go with your boycott theory?

by Anonymousreply 79April 28, 2017 7:23 PM

Business Insider: The Target boycott cost more than anyone expected — and the CEO was blindsided

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by Anonymousreply 80April 28, 2017 7:26 PM

Wow, the trolls almost stomp over each other to take credit for the laying off. It's like One Million Moms shrieking that they are so powerful that their boycott movement managed TV ratings failures to get canceled.

by Anonymousreply 81April 28, 2017 7:36 PM

ESPN fail continues.

Karma for what your Mortenson, fucked up Indianapolis sports media, the corrupt Colts owner, the NY Jest shills in the NFL front office including the Ginger Commish, and the out-coached coach of the Ravens conspired and did to Brady and the Patriots. Deflate my arse.

Your 2 am apology never quite came through in quite the same maddening sploooge of crisis as your lies did.

I wish your company and all those involved complete utter justice for what you did to a man's/team's reputation.

Bristol fail is a good thing. May the massive boycott's continue. You should have stuck with your mandate..live and recorded sports minus the talking bs by murderers and abusive, failed athletes who discredit their sport and your 'network'.

by Anonymousreply 82April 28, 2017 7:57 PM

There were lots of hold outs to cutting the chord because of sports.

While it's getting better, sports coverage is still the biggest hole in the smooth transition away from cable.

The chord cutting thing has been going on for about a decade, but it's just hitting espn hard in the last 2 years because they have emboldened many of those sports hold outs to take the plunge.

This is clearly due to their coverage being progressively less about sports.

It isn't just Caitlyn or Kaepernick.

It isn't even their football coverage being more about rape & concussions than on the field results.

It's become a literal turning away from sports coverage.

Their 6pm sports center used to be like their evening news that covered results on many sports for that day.

Now, that show is a couple who do movie skits and parodies of 80s sitcoms...

by Anonymousreply 83April 28, 2017 7:59 PM

and sadly NFL coverage has no continuity, focus is personalities (on camera, off field) and poor refereeing and all ads.

by Anonymousreply 84April 28, 2017 8:01 PM

This must be why my Dad calls it "Extra Stinky Poopy Network."

by Anonymousreply 85April 28, 2017 8:02 PM

Fantasy league gambling is also hurting these sports networks...good luck to CBS and FXS1 Fuck the ESPN...ship has long sailed, you corrupt bastards.

by Anonymousreply 86April 28, 2017 8:04 PM

Don't believe the boycott is the reason but I'm wondering what exactly was ESPN supposed to do with the colin Kaepernick situation? All the media was talking about it, where they supposed to ignore it? They had plenty of talking heads on both sides of the issue. I guess conservative Trumptards want to silence the media when they disagree with what's happening with real life.

by Anonymousreply 87April 28, 2017 8:07 PM

Boycotts are working The 6 New England States for the last 4 yrs to begin with...

Coverage and reporting is important and necessary. Unfortunately, ESPN has become the voice of the NFL Owners and front office. They destroy or attempt to destroy talented athletes reputations...and often the reporting talking head / journalist-reporter has either been disbarred or discredited yet they are 'legit' on ESPN.

Utter fail is right. Good on them.

by Anonymousreply 88April 28, 2017 8:13 PM

Sadly, they are letting some of their legit writers go ...

funny, reading about these, though....tons of their rejecting ESPN requests...hilarious!

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by Anonymousreply 90April 28, 2017 9:53 PM

[quote]“That is definitely a percentage of it,”

Conspicuous by its absence, both in this thread and elsewhere online, is any evidence at all that any "boycott" had anything at all to do with the current layoffs. It may be so but, so far, anyway, those making this claim have no data to support it.

by Anonymousreply 91April 28, 2017 10:17 PM

The data isn't available to be freely analyzed by outsiders

by Anonymousreply 92April 28, 2017 10:24 PM

Then why make predictions that they know they can't support? And, of course, some of the data are available, like cord-cutting numbers.

by Anonymousreply 93April 28, 2017 10:35 PM

There is an insider upthread recognizing it as a factor.

It's possible she has seen data that is internal.

There is also a high level of anecdotal evidence floating around on the micro level.

That's not hard data, but it is a lot of smoke.

As I said upthread, I personally speculate it's a 'final straw' factor to a percentage of chord cutters who were already thinking hard about going that route.

Your guess is as good as mine when it comes to the actual % and if it's 'significant' or not...

by Anonymousreply 94April 28, 2017 10:43 PM

Certainly, any boycott cannot help their bottom line.

by Anonymousreply 95April 28, 2017 10:51 PM

There is no boycott that hurt ESPN. Unfortunately, cable has been bleeding money left and right. ESPN has a huge amount on air employees.

The Channels keeping basic cable alive are MSNBC, Fox News, USA, FX, and certain shows in other networks here and there.

What hurts ESPN is that Men are flying Sports Channels for News Channels and ESPN has never catered to a women's audience in some time since it lost Gymnastics and Figure Skating.

by Anonymousreply 96April 28, 2017 10:52 PM

ESPN is also way too NY/NJ centric..nice to see FS1 based in L.A.

by Anonymousreply 97April 28, 2017 10:56 PM

Consumers just want the channels they watch, not big bundles. The technology and methodology is there for each subscriber to choose one's own assembled package. Directv ND Dish are greedy and have been ripping off subscribers for years. That happens with monopolies. Over three fourths of the garbage in my bundle I never watch. I could narrow my choices down to 7 or 8 channels, but that's no option.

The trend is toward streaming. Big satellite TV and cable need to reform and have better competition.

by Anonymousreply 98April 28, 2017 11:00 PM

I hear their internals are brutal..paid too much for live broadcasting rights, too biased towards NFL; league and office, too TMZ-ish, loss of on air talent, and hiring assholes, and advertisers hurt by boycotters.

by Anonymousreply 99April 28, 2017 11:02 PM

People are boycotting ESPN by not watching it. But that does not hurt ESPN at all. The channel is bundled with the cable package and they get paid whether you watch it or not. So that Mindy Cohn is an idiot who doesn't understand how her own channel works. I hope she was one of the ones fired.

by Anonymousreply 100April 30, 2017 12:05 AM

I expect ESPN charges its advertisers based on ratings. The higher the ratings, the more they can charge advertisers and the higher revenue they generate. So I can see where a boycott could result in lower ratings and expense cutting measures such as layoffs.

by Anonymousreply 101April 30, 2017 12:12 AM

Mindy Cohn from The Facts of Life works at ESPN?!

by Anonymousreply 102April 30, 2017 12:25 AM

Yes, she is an NFL commentator.

by Anonymousreply 103April 30, 2017 12:34 AM

[quote]But that does not hurt ESPN at all. The channel is bundled with the cable package

Huh, people called in to cable companies to cancel or remove the channel.

by Anonymousreply 104April 30, 2017 12:40 AM


Because it's disrespectful and ungrateful. If he wanted to do something respectful he would QUIT THE FUCKIN' GAME and lose his money.

This is the whole point, it's not about anything more than trying to get some publicity. Furthermore almost every black male killed is killed by another black male and this totally forgets that? So that's OK then huh?

So again the whole thing boils down to his own ego.

It's real easy to be generous when it ain't costing you nothing.

The author of that post needs to pull his head out of his politically correct ass and wake up.

by Anonymousreply 105April 30, 2017 12:43 AM

[quote]Huh, people called in to cable companies to cancel or remove the channel.

You cannot remove a single channel from your cable lineup. ESPN isn't like HBO.

by Anonymousreply 106April 30, 2017 12:53 AM

[quote]Karma for what your Mortenson, fucked up Indianapolis sports media, the corrupt Colts owner, the NY Jest shills in the NFL front office including the Ginger Commish, and the out-coached coach of the Ravens conspired and did to Brady and the Patriots. Deflate my arse.

Did you hear that, bitches? It's a fahkin conspiracy!

by Anonymousreply 107April 30, 2017 3:43 AM

Not sure about cable, but you don't have to have espn on directv

by Anonymousreply 108April 30, 2017 3:48 AM

If it wasn't for bundling MSNBC wouldn't be on the air either.

by Anonymousreply 109April 30, 2017 3:56 AM

[quote] you don't have to have espn on directv

I didn't know that. DISH has however offered a slimmed down Flex package with sports channels as an extra fee add-on.

by Anonymousreply 110April 30, 2017 3:58 AM

ESPN has also lost viewers to competition, like the NFL Network, MLB network, Hockey network, CSNBC, internet bloggers, etc. They are no longer the only kid on the block.

by Anonymousreply 111April 30, 2017 4:04 AM

You forgot FS1 that poached a lot of their talent

by Anonymousreply 112April 30, 2017 4:48 AM

I did quit watching ESPN due to Chris Mortensen's reporting that started Deflategate, which turned out to be a hullabaloo with penalities that exceeded wife beating players and druggies. But I did watch them at NFL Draft time, for Chris Berman (who I've always liked, bombastic bozo that he is).

This year he was gone, and despite my admiration for the once-a-year man Mel Kiper Jr, I went to the NFL Network. As did many, I'm sure

by Anonymousreply 113April 30, 2017 5:01 AM

"Or maybe, just maybe [R7] , it is endemic of the fact that a lower percentage of people in the US pay for and watch live TV "

This is certainly part of it. I watch sports, a variety of sports, and I usually had ESPN in my cable packages, but now the cost to get a package with a set of ESPN channels isn't worth it. I can still watch stuff on WatchESPN as long as I have my extremely basic Comcast cable package (which I only have because it's bundled with my internet), and for any major events I want to watch, I usually just go to a bar. But, I find there's not as much that I MUST watch.

by Anonymousreply 114April 30, 2017 5:13 AM

"It has plenty to do with cord-cutting and the fact that the younger audience can get all the scores and highlights it wants via smartphone."

This. Don't get me wrong, plenty of people still watch sports and there's games or series that they fee they have to watch in full. But, a lot of viewing outside of those games, which people used to dutifully sit down and watch, is now taken care of through maybe watching 10 or 15 actual minutes of the game (or none at all), looking at highlights and clips, reading summaries and discussion forums on news sites, blogs, fan forums, etc, using social media to interact regarding the game.

by Anonymousreply 115April 30, 2017 5:25 AM

It's the cord-cutting, not the make-believe boycotting, that has hurt ESPN's bottom line. They paid outrageous rights for Monday Night Football and the NBA, right before cord-cutting took off. And to be truthful, firing these people won't put a dent in the money they're losing. But they took advantage of this perception to dump a lot of unnecessary staff and bloated salaries. They'll be fine. And the rednecks here will still get shame boners every time Michael Sam and tolerance is discussed.

by Anonymousreply 116April 30, 2017 5:25 AM

The shills have infested this thread

by Anonymousreply 117April 30, 2017 5:31 AM

Fox Sports1 anchors Colin Cowherd and Skip Bayless, both formerly employed by ESPN, both lay the majority of ESPN's financial woes on the huge overpaying for NBA game rights and the rights to (the least appealing regional)NFL games. Not only did Cowherd and Bayless defect, but the creator of Sports Nation, who is producing Cowherd's new show, did as well. Cris Carter, Ray Lewis, Shannon Sharpe, Jim Jackson, Greg Davis, Chris Broussard, Jason Whitlock, and the terrific Nick Wright have all come on board this year making it THE go to site for sports geeks and freaks like me.

I know I sound like a shill, and that's fine with me. I want FoxS1 to beat the brakes off of ESPN, and anything I can do to spread the word as to how great they are is my mission. For anyone who isn't familiar with Syracuse grad and former Houston sports talker Nick Wright should do themselves a favor and check him out asap. He is a breath of fresh air, and he kisses no NFL or NBA ass. Smart as a fucking tack.

by Anonymousreply 118April 30, 2017 5:52 AM

I don't mind having tolerance and other SJW issues discussed. Sometimes though enough is enough. Sometimes you just want to tune out from the shitty rotten world. ESPN just didn't know when to knock it off. I mean every time you go to a stripper show do you want the dancers to stop mid song and give you a lecture about AIDS? Or stop to plot out the next Pride march? etc etc etc? No. Sometimes you just want to go see someone swing there cock around. Sometimes you just want to watch a football game.

by Anonymousreply 119April 30, 2017 6:06 AM

[quote]But, a lot of viewing outside of those games, which people used to dutifully sit down and watch, is now taken care of through maybe watching 10 or 15 actual minutes of the game (or none at all)

I hardly ever watch games anymore. I follow along on Twitter and learn everything I need to know. If there's something I can't live without, I can always find an illegal stream.

by Anonymousreply 120April 30, 2017 10:54 AM

R118, what kind of clown are you, touting Chris Broussard on this site? GTFO

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by Anonymousreply 121April 30, 2017 10:58 AM

Nobody here has mentioned that in the last year or so ESPN has added a lot of female on-air talent. Young, attractive female talent I might add. And the way they're dressed, in form-fitting clothing (usually dresses), suggests that the network is doing some low key T&A (tits and ass) to keep viewers interested. By the way, the male anchors ALWAYS wear a suit and tie. Yes, they have Jemele and Hanna Storm, but it seems as if all the other on-air female reporters are pretty much bimbo's. So, on the one hand, you have all this politically correct stuff they're doing with respect to race relations, but as far as women go they're sending some pretty mixed messages.

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by Anonymousreply 122April 30, 2017 11:48 AM

I dropped my cable package years ago and only have internet but the price seems to go up every year. If comments above about ESPN's layoffs are due to an escalation in cord cutting then I guess my internet will go up again this year as cable companies claw back the loss in revenue.

by Anonymousreply 123April 30, 2017 1:47 PM

That Broussard pings to high heaven too!

Classic closet case homophobe

by Anonymousreply 124April 30, 2017 4:28 PM

of course it has nothing to do with ESPN and social justice commentaries...hmm...

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by Anonymousreply 125April 30, 2017 8:06 PM

Kellerman's talent?? Jesus he's awful...good on ya ESPN...Hello FS1! Is Max concussed? Oh, wait ESPN/THE NFL mouthpiece doesn't report wife beaters and concussion brain damage, unless pressed...only the 'xxxgate' of the day.

Mortenson et al. were practicing journalistic malpractice and the whole 'deflate gate' thing started by Baltimore's out coached Coach, Indy's drug-addled owner and but hurt coacn and their shills in Indy/ESPN media. They apologized...sadly, at 2 am, when no one was watching. Fuck ESPN, politics aside. Stick to sports.

by Anonymousreply 126April 30, 2017 9:03 PM

I apologize to all for bringing up the name Chris Broussard. I had forgotten about that despicable incident which revealed his Catholicism-based homophobia. My enthusiasm for his savant level of knowledge and info re:the NBA rendered me a temporarily amnesiac re:Broussard,

I shall never utter or type his name again. But I do still recommend Nick Wright as the up and coming talent to watch. He is extremely progressive, so I feel more than confident that he is NOT homophobic, And if her were, he is way too smart to ever allow such idiocy to vomit forth on the airwaves, i.e. "The man whose name shall not be uttered."

by Anonymousreply 127April 30, 2017 9:53 PM

Broussard is the worst. An ignorant moron. Whitlock is horrible too.

by Anonymousreply 128April 30, 2017 11:37 PM

Newscorp is moving resources away from Fox News and toward their sports division to crush espn

by Anonymousreply 129April 30, 2017 11:39 PM

Yeah, Whitlock is a real tap dancer, he has no credibility.

by Anonymousreply 130May 1, 2017 5:04 AM

Whitlock = AIKC

by Anonymousreply 131May 1, 2017 5:07 AM

Britt McHenry should have been fired two years ago when she drunkenly berated a parking attendant because she didn't want to pay the towing fees for her illegally parked vehicle. She pulled that "Don't you know who I am?", and then she insinuated that the parking attendant was a loser because she wasn't on TV like Britt was. I hope that any potential employer googles Britt's name and finds that video.

by Anonymousreply 132May 1, 2017 5:31 AM

Nothing she said was wrong....

by Anonymousreply 133May 1, 2017 5:35 AM

R61's post should be chiseled in a massive block of granite and placed across the square from their HQ in Bristol where their CEO can see it from his office all day long.

by Anonymousreply 134May 1, 2017 5:50 AM

FS1 is a dud. Good luck with that one.

by Anonymousreply 135May 1, 2017 5:58 AM

FS1 is fantastic.

by Anonymousreply 136May 1, 2017 10:05 AM

You guys realize that ESPN is not just one channel; they have about 7.l. 1,2, ESPNU, ESPNNEWS, the classic channel, etc. I don't get them all (some of them cost extra) but that is a LOT of airtime to fill up. Plus they paid a lot of money for those big name games so they have to stretch things out to get as much advertising revenue as they can.

I agree the price of cable and communications has gotten out of hand, but the cord cutting is also a reflection on how people's spending power has diminished. They can't afford it. I pay over 300 bucks a month in cable, internet and phone fees which is nearly twice as much as I spend on electric and gas combined.

by Anonymousreply 137May 1, 2017 3:43 PM
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